Affricate (definition)

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An affricate is a sound produced with a stop followed by a fricative while maintaining the same place of articulation. Although they require the vocal tract movements necessary for two other manners of articulation, affricates are perceived as a single sound. Their IPA symbols reflect this.

English includes affricates [tʃ] (as in trench) and [ʤ] (as in judge).

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  • Crystal, D. (2008) Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. 6th Edition. Wiley-Blackwell.