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Re: Palatal Trills, Taps, and Flaps

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Friday, July 18, 2003, 13:53
On Fri, Jul 18, 2003 at 09:49:50AM +0200, Julien Eychenne wrote:
> As far as I know, there is no palatal trill/flap neither in IPA nor in > SAMPA.
Apparently not. One of several examples of sounds attested in real languages that don't have a symbol. I don't know why they don't just go ahead and fill out all of those 19 blank spaces on the chart which aren't considered anatomically impossible. I would personally like to see official IPA-sanctioned symbols for labiodental plosives. These sounds have been found in African langauges and the linguists working on those languages seem to use ligatures of /qp/ (voiceless) and /db/ (voiced) for those sounds. I assume they're missing from the IPA even though attested because they haven't been found to contrast with /p/ and /b/ in any language. Probably a similar story with the bilabial approximant, which so far seems to be just an allophonic variant of /w/ or /B/. -Mark