Phoneme: ts

IPA: [tsh]

ts [tsh]: voiceless aspirated alveolar affricate

Word: shitsi’ [ʃɪtsʰɪʔ] “my daughter” (father to daughter)

Description: The aspirated alveolar affricate ts [tsh] is in stem initial position, intervocalically, and preceded by the first-person, singular pronoun shi [ʃɪ]. This sound has a alveolar fricative closure followed by a brief period of aspiration, as seen in the waveform, contrasting the unaspirated affricates like dz [ts].