In examining Chol's phonology, I came across the (old?) cents symbol ¢ (with a slanted line) as a phoneme symbol.

I have not been able to track what it corresponds to in IPA terms, but I suspect it's the aspirated affricate [t͡sʰ].

Is anyone familiar with this symbol to confirm or discard that it's such affricate in IPA?

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    Your first link brings to a page that needs a login. If you can replace it, please do it, otherwise just remove it. :)
    – Alenanno
    Jan 24 '12 at 13:49
  • I fixed the link, Alenanno.
    – Alex B.
    Jan 24 '12 at 18:48

Pullum and Ladusaw say that symbol (they call it a "slashed C") represents a voiceless alveolar or dental (centrally released) affricate. The usual IPA notation is [ts] (Pullum and Ladusaw 1996, p. 29).

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    Right. And if I can add a bit of explanation for amp's benefit, note in particular that the cents symbol doesn't generally imply anything about aspiration one way or another. The Chol phoneme written /¢/ is sometimes (or always?) aspirated according to the text linked above, but the author has chosen to treat that as a mere phonetic detail and use the plain symbol. This is like how the English phoneme written /ʃ/ is almost always pronounced with lip-rounding, but is rarely written with a superscript w because the lip-rounding is just a phonetic detail. Jan 24 '12 at 18:53

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