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Lateral/vowel coarticulation

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Monday, February 16, 2009, 1:15
Hi, folks. I've been wondering for a long time if any languages
feature coarticulation of laterals (e.g. /l/) and vowels. I seem to
be able to produce these, and they sound somewhat distinct, although
not as distinct as other vowels; but I've searched and never found
any mention of this occurring in natural languages (either phonemicly
or allophonicly).

However (and this is what prompted me to ask this now), I was just
reading about Hmong, and it has labials and dentals with (dental)
lateral release. I have never heard a consonant with lateral release;
would the vowel following a consonant with lateral release sound like
what I described above?


Garth Wallace <gwalla@...>
Njenfalgar <njenfalgar@...>