Wondering if there is such thing as stress on a consonant, e.g. , , , , ʃ́... If so, what the example language would be. I haven't seen any on Wikipedia.

Same thing for tone, I haven't seen any tones specified for consonants, only vowels. So using pinyin, maybe like , ...

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    Consider post it on linguistics.stackexchange.com not here – 炸鱼薯条德里克 Sep 23 '18 at 0:56

Taking the character 呣 for instance, we can have things like:

叹词, 表示疑问。如:呣, 你说什么?(汉语大词典)

  • ḿ



There is also record of a neutral toned 呣:

  • m

叹词, 表示应诺。如:呣, 我知道了。(汉语大词典)


嗯 similarly can give us things like:

  • ń

  • ň

  • ǹ

  • I would like to add on to this by saying that nasal sounds consonants are the only ones with these stressed tones. – David Dong Sep 23 '18 at 14:10
  • Also, if someone is concerned that these syllables are only "marginal" in Mandarin phonology, there are more examples in Shanghainese. 无 is, I believe, also a syllabic m (with associated tone). 是 is phonetically a syllabic z, but phonologically might be analyzed differently. In any event, tones can only be attached to syllables, so most consonants won't have an attached tone. – Stumpy Joe Pete Sep 23 '18 at 17:34
  • m/ng is also prevalent in Cantonese. – Trevor Kafka Sep 24 '18 at 5:00

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