Voiceless labiodental fricative

consonantal sound

The voiceless labiodental fricative is a type of consonant. The letter for this sound in the International Phonetic Alphabet is ⟨f⟩. The X-SAMPA symbol for this sound is ⟨f⟩. The English language has this sound, and it is the sound represented by 'f' in fear and face.

Voiceless labiodental fricative
f
IPA number128
Encoding
Entity (decimal)f
Unicode (hex)U+0066
X-SAMPAf
Kirshenbaumf
Sound

 

Features

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  • The airstream mechanism is pulmonic. This means that this sound is produced by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.
  • The phonation is voiceless. This means that this sound is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords. In some languages the vocal cords are actively separated, so it is always voiceless; in others the cords are lax, so that it may take on the voicing of adjacent sounds.
  • The place of articulation (where the sound is produced) is labiodental. This means that this sound is produced with the lower lips and the upper teeth.
  • The manner of articulation (how the sound is produced) is fricative. This means that this sound is produced by constricting air flow through a narrow channel at the place of articulation, to make turbulence.

Examples

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Language Word IPA Meaning
Abkhaz фы/fy [fə] 'lightning'
Adyghe тфы/tfy  [tfə]  'five'
Albanian faqe [facɛ] 'cheek'
Arabic Modern Standard[1] ظرف/th'arf [ðˤɑrf] 'envelope'
Armenian Eastern[2] ֆուտբոլ/futbol  [fut̪bol]  'football'
Assyrian ܦܬܐ pata [fɔθɔ] 'face'
Assamese বৰ/borof [bɔɹɔf] 'snow/ice'
Azeri fəng [t̪y̆fæɲɟ] 'ɡun'
Basque fin [fin] 'thin'
Bengali ফু/ful [ful] 'flower'
Catalan[3] fort [ˈfɔɾt] 'strong'
Chechen факс / faks [faks] 'fax'
Chinese Cantonese / fēi  [fei̯˥] 'to fly'
Mandarin (traditional) / (simplified) / fēi  [feɪ̯˥]
Coptic ϥⲧⲟⲟⲩ/ftoow [ftow] 'four'
Czech foukat [ˈfoʊ̯kat] 'to blow'
Dutch[4] fiets [fits] 'bike'
English All dialects fill [fɪɫ] 'fill'
Cockney[5] think [fɪŋk] 'think'
Many British urban dialects[6]
Some younger New Zealanders[7][8]
Broad South African[9]
Indian South African[10] fair [ʋ̥eː] 'fair'
Esperanto fajro [ˈfajɾo] 'fire'
Ewe[11] eflen [éflé̃] 'he spit off'
French[12] fabuleuse [fäbyˈløːz̪] 'fabulous'
Galician faísca [faˈiska]
German fade [ˈfaːdə] 'bland'
Goemai f'at' [fat] 'to blow'
Greek φύση / fysī [ˈfisi]
Gujarati / faļ [fəɭ] 'fruit'
Hebrew סופר/sofer [so̞fe̞ʁ] 'writer'
Hindustani साफ़ / صاف/saaf [sɑːf] 'clean'
Hungarian figyel [ˈfiɟɛl] 'he/she pays attention'
Indonesian fajar [fadʒar] 'dawn'
Italian fantasma [fän̪ˈt̪äzmä] 'ghost'
Kabardian фыз/fyz [fəz] 'woman'
Kabyle afus [afus] 'hand'
Khmer កាហ្វេ / kahvé [kaːfeː] 'coffee'
Macedonian фонетика/fonetika [fɔnetika] 'phonetics'
Māori whakapapa [fakapapa] 'genealogy'
Malay feri [feri] 'ferry'
Maltese fenek [fenek] 'rabbit'
Norwegian filter [filtɛɾ] 'filter'
Persian فکر/fekr [fekr] 'thought'
Polish[13] futro  [ˈfut̪rɔ]  'fur'
Portuguese[14] fala [ˈfalɐ] 'speech'
Punjabi ਫ਼ੌਜੀ/faujī [fɔːd͡ʒi] 'soldier'
Romanian[15] foc [fo̞k] 'fire'
Russian[16] орфография/orfografiya [ɐrfɐˈɡrafʲɪjə] 'orthography'
Serbo-Croatian[17] фаза / faza [fǎːz̪ä] 'phase'
Slovak fúkať [ˈfu̞ːkätɕ] 'to blow'
Somali feex [fɛħ] 'wart'
Spanish[18] fantasma [fã̠n̪ˈt̪a̠zma̠] 'ghost'
Swahili kufa [kufɑ] 'to die'
Swedish fisk [ˈfɪsk] 'fish'
Thai /fon [fon˩˩˦] 'rain'
Turkish saf [säf] 'pure'
Ukrainian[19] Фастів/fastiv [ˈfɑsʲtʲiw] 'Fastiv'
Vietnamese[20] pháo [faːw˧ˀ˥] 'firecracker'
Welsh ffon [fɔn] 'stick'
West Frisian fol [foɫ] 'full'
Yi / fu [fu˧] 'roast'
Zapotec Tilquiapan[21] cafe [kafɘ] 'coffee'

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