Voiced bilabial implosive

The implosive b [ ɓ ] differs by the inwardly directed air flow from the European pronunciation of b.


It occurs in several African languages, such as the Hausa and in Bantu languages ​​such as Swahili, Chishona, isiXhosa and isiZulu. In these languages ​​except Kiswahili it is orthographically distinguished from the "European" b, which is a separate phoneme here, which occurs quite not only in European loanwords.


The space required for the implosion of the vacuum is generated by the articulation begins closed larynx.

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