Pulmonic-contour click

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Pulmonic-contour clicks, also called sequential linguo-pulmonic consonants, are consonants that transition from a click to an ordinary pulmonic sound, or more precisely, have an audible delay between the front and rear release of the click. All click types (alveolar ǃ, dental ǀ, lateral ǁ, palatal ǂ, retroflex , and labial ʘ) have linguo-pulmonic variants, which occur as both stops and affricates, and are attested in four phonations: tenuis, voiced, aspirated, and murmured (breathy voiced). At least a voiceless linguo-pulmonic affricate is attested from all Khoisan languages of southern Africa (the Khoe, Tuu, and Kx'a language families), as well as (reportedly) from the Bantu language Yeyi from the same area, but they are unattested elsewhere.

Tenuis alveolar linguo-pulmonic stop
Voiced dental linguo-pulmonic stop
Aspirated lateral linguo-pulmonic stop
Breathy-voiced palatal linguo-pulmonic stop
Voiceless labial linguo-pulmonic affricate
Voiced retroflex linguo-pulmonic affricate