Datapoint Eskimo Pidgin/q - voiceless uvular plosive

This phoneme is represented by Stefánsson (1909) equal to /k/ as <k>. It is likely that /q/ had phonemic status in pidgin words of Eskimo origin when spoken by Inuit. As Wurm (1992: 278) observes, its "pronunciation by Eskimo speakers would undoubtedly have been in accordance with the sound-structure of Eskimo [...] However, European speakers would have had great difficulties with the Eskimo uvular consonants which were either replaced by velar consonants by them, or at the end of words usually dropped".


Exists only as a minor allophone

Example 76-88:

come, bring