Saturday, December 15, 2007


The voiceless velar plosive is a type of consonantal sound used in many spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is k, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is k.
The [k] sound is a very common sound cross-linguistically. Most languages have at least a plain [k], and some distinguish more than one variety. Many Indian languages, such as Hindi, have a two-way contrast between aspirated and plain [k].



Voiceless velar plosive In English

Abkhaz: ақалақь [ˈakalakʲ], "the city"
Ahtna: gistaann [kɪstʰɐːn], "six"
Arabic: ﻛﺎﻥ [kæːnæ], "to be"
Bulgarian: как [kak], "how"
Czech: kost [kost], "bone"
French: cabinet [kabinɛ], "office"
Finnish: kakku [kɑkːu], "cake"
Georgian: ვა [kʰva], "stone"
German: Käfig [ˈkʰɛːfɪç], "cage"
Greek: κακαβιά [ka.kaˈvʝa], "traditional Greek fish-soup"
Hungarian: akkor [ɑkːor], "then"
Italian: casa [ˈkaza], "house"
Japanese: 鞄 (kaban) [kabaɴ], "handbag"
Norwegian: kake [kɑːkɛ], "cake"
Pashto: ﻛﺎﻝ [kɑl], "year"
Polish: kość [kɔɕʨ], "bone"
Portuguese: corno [ˈkoɾnu], "horn"
Russian: короткий [kʌˈrotkʲɪj], "short"
Spanish: casa [ˈkasa], "house"
Swedish: ko [ˈkʰuː], "cow"
Turkish: kulak [kulɑ̟k], "ear"

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