Voiced retroflex lateral flap
|Voiced retroflex lateral flap|
The voiced retroflex lateral flap is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The expected symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet is ⟨ ⟩ (⟨ɺ̢ ⟩). The sound may also be transcribed as a short ⟨ɭ̆ ⟩, or with the old dot diacritic, ⟨ɺ̣⟩.
Features of the voiced retroflex lateral flap:
- Its manner of articulation is tap or flap, which means it is produced with a single contraction of the muscles so that one articulator (usually the tongue) is thrown against another.
- Its place of articulation is retroflex, which prototypically means it is articulated subapical (with the tip of the tongue curled up), but more generally, it means that it is postalveolar without being palatalized. That is, besides the prototypical subapical articulation, the tongue contact can be apical (pointed) or laminal (flat).
- Its phonation is voiced, which means the vocal cords vibrate during the articulation.
- 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 intercostal muscles and diaphragm, as in most sounds.
|Kannada||ಕೇಳಿ/Kēḷi||[keːi]||'to ask'||Can be an approximant [ɭ] instead.|
|Kobon||ƚawƚ||[aw ]||'to shoot'||Subapical.|
|Malayalam||വേളി/vēḷi||[veːi]||'marriage'||Can be an approximant [ɭ] instead.|
|Marathi||केळी/Kēḷī||[keiː]||'bananas'||See Marathi phonology|
|Tarama & Irabu||—||[paɨ ]||'to pull'|
|Norwegian||Trøndersk||glas||[ˈɡɺ̠ɑːs]||'glass'||Apical postalveolar; also described as central [ɽ]. See Norwegian phonology|
|O'odham||[example needed]||—||—||Apical postalveolar.|
|Pashto||ړوند/llund||[und]||'blind'||Contrasts plain and nasalized flaps. Tend to be lateral at the beginning of a prosodic unit, and a central flap [ɽ] or approximant [ɻ ] elsewhere.|
|Tamil||குளி/Kuḷi||[ˈkui]||'bathe'||Allophone of /ɭ/. See Tamil phonology|
|Tarahumara||Western Rarámuri||[example needed]||—||—||Often transcribed / /.|
|Totoli||—||[uaɡ]||'snake'||Allophone of /ɺ/ after back vowels.|
|Tukang Besi||[example needed]||—||—||Possible allophone of /l/ after back vowels, as well as an allophone of /r/.|
|Wayuu||laülaa||[áɨaa]||'old man'||postalveolar?|
A retroflex lateral flap has been reported from various languages of Sulawesi such as the Sangiric languages, Buol and Totoli, as well as Nambikwara in Brazil (plain and laryngealized), Gaagudju in Australia, Purépecha and Western Rarámuri in Mexico, Moro in Sudan, O'odham and Mohawk in the United States, Chaga in Tanzania, and Kanuri in Nigeria.
Various Dravidian and Indo-Aryan languages of Indian subcontinent are reported to have a retroflex lateral flap, either phonemically or phonetically, including Gujarati, Konkani, Marathi, Odia, and Rajasthani. Masica describes the sound as widespread in the Indic languages of India:
A retroflex flapped lateral /ḷ/, contrasting with ordinary /l/, is a prominent feature of Odia, Marathi–Konkani, Gujarati, most varieties of Rajasthani and Bhili, Punjabi, some dialects of "Lahnda", ... most dialects of West Pahari, and Kumauni (not in the Southeastern dialect described by Apte and Pattanayak), as well as Hariyanvi and the Saharanpur subdialect of Northwestern Kauravi ("Vernacular Hindustani") investigated by Gumperz. It is absent from most other NIA languages, including most Hindi dialects, Nepali, Garhwali, Bengali, Assamese, Kashmiri and other Dardic languages (except for the Dras dialect of Shina and possibly Khowar), the westernmost West Pahari dialects bordering Dardic (Bhalesi, Khashali, Rudhari, Padari) as well as the easternmost (Jaunsari, Sirmauri), and from Sindhi, Kacchi, and Siraiki. It was once present in Sinhalese, but in the modern language has merged with /l/.
A letter is implicit in the IPA: the letter for the alveolar lateral flap with the tail of the retroflex consonants,
This was added to Unicode in 2020, and as of 2022 only a few fonts support it, such as the free SIL International fonts Gentium Plus, Charis, and Doulos.
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