Alveolar lateral flap

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Alveolar lateral flap
ɺ
IPA number 181
Encoding
Entity (decimal) ɺ
Unicode (hex) U+027A
X-SAMPA l\
Kirshenbaum *<lat>
Sound

The alveolar lateral flap is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ɺ, a fusion of a rotated lowercase letter r with a letter l.

Some languages which are described as having a lateral flap, such as Japanese, actually have a flap which is indeterminate as to centrality, and may surface as either central or lateral, either depending on surrounding vowels or in free variation.

Features

Features of the alveolar lateral flap:

Occurrence

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Iwaidjacitation needed aranngu [aɺ̠aɳu] 'soup (esp. with noodles)' Casual register only. Formal: aranngixwia (/aɺ˞aɳiɣja/).
Pirahã toogixi [tòːɺ͡ɺ̼ìʔì] 'hoe' Only used in some types of speech.
Wayuu püülükü [pɯːɺɯkɯ] 'pig' Contrasts with /r/.

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