Phoneme: t

IPA: [tx]

t [tx]: alveolar affricate, an alveolar stop with a fricated velar release

Word: yitin [jɪtxɪn] “it’s freezing”

Description: An alveolar stop with a long velar fricative t [tx] a characteristic of all Diné affricates, in stem initial position, and intervocalic. This t [tx] sound is distinctive from the English stop sound t (as in ‘two’). It has velar long clear fricative release, characteristic of an affricate.