Datapoint Eskimo Pidgin/ɬ - voiceless dental/alveolar lateral fricative

This word is spelled <akluna> in Stefánsson (1909: 231) and it represents the only word in the list that derives from a form that contains a voiceless lateral fricative. It is possible that /ɬ/ had phonemic status in the pidgin as spoken by Inuit in words of Eskimo origin. /ɬ/ was probably considered by the Westerners as /kl/, /tl/ or a similar combination. The syllable division given by Stefánsson (1909: 223) probably represents Westerners' pronunciation: ak-lu-na.


Exists only as a minor allophone

Example 76-105:

steal, thief