Voiceless alveolar lateral approximant

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Voiceless alveolar lateral approximant
IPA number 155 402A
Encoding
X-SAMPA l_0

Features[edit]

Features of the voiceless alveolar lateral approximant:

  • Its manner of articulation is approximant, which means it is produced by narrowing the vocal tract at the place of articulation, but not enough to produce a turbulent airstream.
  • There are four specific variants of [l̥]:
    • Dental, which means it is articulated with either the tip or the blade of the tongue at the upper teeth, termed respectively apical and laminal.
    • Denti-alveolar, which means it is articulated with the blade of the tongue at the alveolar ridge, and the tip of the tongue behind upper teeth.
    • Alveolar, which means it is articulated with either the tip or the blade of the tongue at the alveolar ridge, termed respectively apical and laminal.
    • Postalveolar, which means it is articulated with either the tip or the blade of the tongue behind the alveolar ridge, termed respectively apical and laminal.
  • Its phonation is voiceless, which means it is produced without vibrations of the vocal cords. In some languages the vocal cords are actively separated, so it is always voiceless; in others the cords are lax, so that it may take on the voicing of adjacent sounds.
  • It is an oral consonant, which means air is allowed to escape through the mouth only.
  • It is a lateral consonant, which means it is produced by directing the airstream over the sides of the tongue, rather than down the middle.
  • The airstream mechanism is pulmonic, which means it is articulated by pushing air solely with the lungs and diaphragm, as in most sounds.

Occurrence[edit]

Dental or denti-alveolar[edit]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Turkish[1] yol [ˈjo̞ɫ̪̊] 'way' Velarized laminal denti-alveolar.[1] It is a frequent realization of /ɫ/ in word-final and preconsonantal positions.[2] See Turkish phonology

Alveolar[edit]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Danish Standard[3] plads [ˈpl̥æs] 'square' Before /l/, aspiration in /pʰ, tˢ, kʰ/ is realized as devoicing of /l/.[3] See Danish phonology
Moksha калхне [ˈkal̥nʲæ] 'these fishes' Contrasts plain voiceless, plain voiced, palatalized voiceless and palatalized voiced versions.
Tibetan ལྷ [l̥a] 'deity' Contrasts voiceless and voiced lateral approximants
Ukrainian[4] смисл [s̪mɨs̪l̥] 'sense' Word-final allophone of /l/ after voiceless consonants.[4] See Ukrainian phonology

Postalveolar[edit]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Turkish[1] dil [ˈd̪il̠̊ʲ] 'tongue' Palatalized.[1] It is a frequent realization of /l/ in word-final and preconsonantal positions.[2] See Turkish phonology

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