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:: approximant ::

The palatal approximant /j/ has only phonemic character in the Labourdin, the Low Western and Eastern Navarrese dialects, in some Biscayan and High Northern Navarrese subdialects and in the only subdialect that exists in High Southern Navarrese. The remaining dialects have inclined, with a different stage of evolution, towards the velar fricative, trying out intermediate solutions (voiced and voiceless palatal fricative) as has been indicated when describing the corresponding elements. Souletin has inclined towards [ʒ] while showing a marked tendency towards [ʃ].
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