The character ㅿ is now obsolete. How was it pronounced when it was used?

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We can't tell for sure, but Wikipedia puts it at either [z] (like in 'zoo'), or [ʝ̃], which would be a nasal version of [ʝ].

To pronounce [ʝ̃], say [j] like at the beginning of 여기 (or English 'yes'), but constrict airflow even further to create more turbulence (turning it from an approximant into a fricative) and nasalize it.

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    Can you say a few more words about the methodology here? When did ㅿ become obsolete, and which traces of it have survived that allow us to infer the approximate pronunciation? Jun 21, 2016 at 22:00
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    Constricting airflow and nasalizing it made the sound "느~여기." Am I doing this right? Hahaha Jun 21, 2016 at 22:57
  • @DanielMietchen Post it as a new question and I'll add a few historical details.
    – Dono
    Jun 22, 2016 at 13:31
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    @Dono done: korean.stackexchange.com/questions/194/… . Jun 23, 2016 at 0:52

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