Phoneme: dz

IPA: [ts]

dz [ts]: voiceless unaspirated alveolar affricate

Word: shidziil [ʃɪtsiːl] “I have strength"

Description: The unaspirated alveolar affricate dz [ts] is in stem initial position, intervocalic and voiceless, preceded by the first-person, singular pronoun shi [ʃɪ]. Unlike ts [tsh], the release of fricative transits to a vowel directly, without aspiration at the end of the fricative. The dz [ts] and ts [tsh] are voiceless, the contrast between these two sounds is the presence of aspiration.