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In phonetics, alveolo-palatal are consonants articulated with the tip of the tongue between the alveolar ridge and the palate, but closer to the palate than for postalveolar consonants. Alveolo-palatal consonants can be found in Chinese languages such as Mandarin, Hakka, and Wu, as well as Abkhaz, Polish, Ubykh, Japanese, and Kinnauri. The alveolo-palatal consonants in the International Phonetic Alphabet are:
|Voiced alveolo-palatal fricative||Hungarian||zseb||['ɛb]|
|Voiceless alveolo-palatal fricative||Mandarin||小 (xiǎo)||[ɕiɑu˨˩˦]||small|
Note: The table displays only fricatives. Other alveolo-palatal consonants such as stops (ȶ, ȡ), affricates (ʨ, ʥ), nasals (ȵ), and liquids (ȴ) are also possible but less common.
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