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 Sep 23, 2018 at 0:56

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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.
    – mpnm
    Sep 23, 2018 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. Sep 23, 2018 at 17:34
  • m/ng is also prevalent in Cantonese. Sep 24, 2018 at 5:00

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