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Re: Lateral Trill

From:Paul Roser <pkroser@...>
Date:Sunday, January 2, 2005, 16:22
On Fri, 24 Dec 2004 10:28:04 -0800, bob thornton <arcanesock@...>

>Is there such a thing as a lateral trill? I've noticed the lateral tap (l\), but no trill. >Is there a reason for this?
As far as I know, the lateral flap is made by flapping the tongue tip forward from a retroflexed (or apico-postalveolar) lateral. Attempting a trill from this position would probably not be acoustically much different from an apico-postalveolar non-lateral trill, though it is possible to trill the lateral edge of the tongue - sounding rather like a very vigorous, prolonged lateral fricative IMO. No natlang that I am aware of uses this sound as a distinctive phone. Bfowol