Palatal lateral flap

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Palatal lateral flap

The palatal lateral flap is a rare type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. There is no dedicated symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound. However, the symbol for a palatal lateral approximant with a breve denoting extra-shortʎ̆⟩ may be used, or with the diacritic placed under the letter to avoid the ascender, ⟨ʎ̮ ⟩.


Features of the alveolar lateral flap:


The Iwaidja and Ilgar languages of Australia have a palatal lateral flap as well as alveolar and retroflex lateral flaps. However, the palatal flap has not been shown to be phonemic; it may instead be an underlying sequence /ɺj/. An example from Ilgar is the personal name [miʎ̆arɡu].