Voiced palatal lateral flap

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Voiced palatal lateral flap
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The voiced 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.


Features of the voiced palatal 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/.

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Ilgar [miʎ̆arɡu] Mildyagru Likely an underlying sequence of /ɺj/. Contrasts /l, ɺ, ɭ, ɭ̆/.
Iwaidja [example needed] Contrasts /l, ɺ, ɭ, ɭ̆/ and possibly /ʎ, ʎ̆/ though they are likely underlying sequences of /Lj/.