Voiceless retroflex lateral approximant

Voiceless retroflex lateral approximant
ɭ̊
IPA Number156 402A
Encoding
X-SAMPAl`_0

The voiceless retroflex lateral approximant is a type of consonantal sound used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ɭ̊⟩, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is l`_0.

It is found as a phoneme distinct from its voiced counterpart /ɭ/ in Iaai and Toda.[1] In both of these languages it also contrasts with more anterior /, l/, which are dental in Iaai and alveolar in Toda.[1]

Features[]

Features of the voiceless retroflex lateral approximant:

Occurrence[]

In the following transcriptions, diacritics may be used to distinguish between apical [ɭ̺̊] and laminal [ɭ̻̊].

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Iaai[1] [example needed] Contrasts with /ɭ/.[1]
Toda[1] [paɭ̊] 'valley' Contrasts with /ɭ/ (as in /paɭ/ 'bangle').[1]

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References[]

  • Ladefoged, Peter; Maddieson, Ian (1996). The Sounds of the World's Languages. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-631-19815-4.

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