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Voiceless velar plosive
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Voiceless velar plosive

The voiceless velar plosive is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is k, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is k. The voiceless velar plosive occurs in English, and it is the sound denoted by the letter "c" in cat or the letter "k" in skin.

IPA - Unicode k
IPA - image
X-SAMPA k
Kirshenbaum k

Features of this consonant:

The [k] sound is a very common sound cross-linguistically. Most languages have at least a plain [k], and some distinguish more than variety. Many Indian languages, such as Hindi, have a two-way contrast between aspirated and plain [k]. English has both aspirated and plain [k], but they are allophones.

Varieties of [k]

IPA Description
k plain k
aspirated k
palatalized k
labialized k
unreleased k
voiced k
ejective k


Sounds of the World's Languages
International Phonetic Alphabet'''
Consonants - Vowels
Places of articulation Manners of articulation
Bilabial
Labiodental
Dental
Alveolar
Postalveolar
Palatal
Velar
Uvular
Pharyngeal
Glottal
Plosives
Nasalss
Fricatives
Approximants
Lateral approximants
Taps
Trills
Ejectives
Implosives
Clicks