Definition of ingressive in English:


Line breaks: in|gres¦sive
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈgrɛsɪv


  • 1Relating to ingress; having the quality or character of entering: the most ingressive, transformative summons available to human experiencing
  • 2 Phonetics (Of a speech sound) made with an intake of air rather than an exhalation.
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    • The letters c, q, and x are used for velaric ingressive stop consonants - clicks, as they are more usually known.
    • When an affirmative ‘Yeah’ is spoken while breathing in, it is an example of ingressive speech.
    • The language has an impressive, even remarkable array of consonants - oral and nasal; voiced and voiceless; egressive, ingressive, ejective, and implosive.
  • 2.1(Of an airflow) inward.
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    • Note what it feels like as you breathe in and out, and as you speak using egressive and ingressive air.
    • The third type, clicks, use the velaric ingressive airstream mechanism, produced by rarefying a small volume of air enclosed in the mouth.
    • The velaric ingressive airstream produces speech sounds known as ‘clicks’ which occur in double articulations in some African languages, for example, Xhosa.


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  • An ingressive sound, e.g. a click.
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    • Like glottalic egressives, there are typically only a few glottalic ingressives in those languages which have them, most consonants are pulmonic egressive.
    • Vowels, consonants, ingressives, suprasegmentals, intonation, diacritics, ejectives, implosives, diphthongs, and clicks are demonstrated.
    • Also, many tribes have devised special ritualistic forms of languages that use rare sounds such as ingressives or clicks; the purpose is to make the ritual language as different as possible from other forms of speech.

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