Uvular Consonants

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Uvular Consonants

 

consonants whose pronunciation involves the contact (obstruent uvular consonants) or near-contact (fricative uvular consonants) of the uvula and the soft palate with the back of the tongue. These types of uvular consonants are relatively rare, occurring only in some Caucasian and Paleo-Asiatic languages. Uvular consonants formed by vibrating the uvula (trilled uvular consonants) include the French and German “r.”

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I suppose the same argument could be made using the English transcriptions of Manchu, since they also do not distinguish front and back velar and uvular consonants in their system.