Definition of ejective in English:

ejective

Line breaks: eject|ive
Pronunciation: /ɪˈdʒɛktɪv
 
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Phonetics

adjective

  • Denoting a type of consonant in some languages (e.g. Hausa) produced by sudden release of pressure from the glottis.
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    • In fact, it represents an ejective velar stop; the combinations represent a glottalized velar fricative and labialized versions of the first two.
    • But the final defeating challenge must be the ‘ejective ‘consonants, expressed with a burst of breath.’
    • So let's practice distinguishing ejective from aspirated stops.

noun

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  • An ejective consonant.
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    • Some of the ejectives are simply not indicated as being so; others are incorrectly labelled ‘plosive’.
    • It may take a bit of practice to learn how to make an ejective.
    • The purpose of the paper is to investigate acoustic characteristics which distinguish ejectives from pulmonic stops in Ingush.

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