When I compare the plosive sounds in an IPA table with recordings (like this or this), the sound of [c] stands out to me as noisier and more turbulent than the rest of the series [p, t, ʈ, k, q, ʔ]. In fact it sounds to me almost like an affricate such as [t͡ɕ]. The same goes to their voiced counterparts.
- Is there any fundament to my subjective impression?
- If so, is there an articulatory reason why [c] has to sound burstier than the other stops? Is it possible to produce a ‘clean’ and purely palatal [c] stop?