Phoneme: ch

IPA: [tʃh]

ch [tʃh]: voiceless aspirated post-alveolar affricate

Word: diichiłí [diːtʃʰɪɬɪ́] “abalone shell"

Description: The ch [tʃh] is in stem initial position, intervocalically, and preceded by di [tɪ] an inceptive-transitional prefix in 3rd person. The phoneme is voiceless. The fricative portion of the sound is followed by a small period of aspiration before the onset of vowel begins.