Voiceless velar nasal

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Voiceless velar nasal

The voiceless velar nasal is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ŋ̊⟩, a combination of the letter for the voiced velar nasal and a diacritic indicating voicelessness. (For reasons of legibility, the ring is usually placed above the letter, rather than regular ⟨ŋ̥⟩). The equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is N_0.


Features of the voiceless velar nasal:

  • Its manner of articulation is occlusive, which means it is produced by obstructing airflow in the vocal tract. Because the consonant is also nasal, the blocked airflow is redirected through the nose.
  • Its place of articulation is velar, which means it is articulated with the back of the tongue (the dorsum) at the soft palate.
  • Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords.
  • It is a nasal consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the nose, either exclusively (nasal stops) or in addition to through the mouth.
  • Because the sound is not produced with airflow over the tongue, the centrallateral dichotomy does not apply.
  • The airstream mechanism is pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.


Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Burmese[1] ငှါး [ŋ̊á] 'borrow'
Central Alaskan Yup'ik[2] calisteńguciquq [tʃaˈlistəˈŋ̊utʃɪquq] 'he will be a worker'
Faroese[3][4] onkur [ˈɔŋ̊kʰʊɹ] 'anybody' Allophone of /n/ before an aspirated velar. See Faroese phonology
Icelandic[5] banka [ˈpäu̯ŋ̊kä] 'to knock' See Icelandic phonology
Washo dewŊétiʔ [dewˈŋ̊etiʔ] 'hillside sloping down'
Welsh[6] fy nghot [və ŋ̊ɔt] 'my coat' See Welsh phonology
Xumi Lower[7] [EPŋ̊ɑmõ] 'camel' Occurs mostly in loanwords from Tibetan.[7]

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