Datapoint Kriol/t̪ - voiceless interdental plosive

This sound (as well as the corresponding voiced interdental plosive, as voicing is not distinctive) is used by speakers in the Victoria River District (where some traditional languages have an interdental stop) in words corresponding to English words containing this sound or a palato-alveolar fricative [s]. The same words may be realized in a more acrolectal fashion by using interdental fricatives (as in English). In other Kriol varieties corresponding words are realized with a palatal voiced or voicelss stop (this is also an option for speakers in the Victoria River District).


Exists only as a minor allophone

Example 25-394:
tharran [t̪aɾan]; thil [t̪ɪl]
DEM; still