Tap and Flap (was: Notes on UPSID phoneme inventory)
|From:||Daniel Andreasson <noldo@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, July 11, 1999, 15:47|
Pablo Flores asked:
> What's the difference between a tap and a flap? I thought
> they were the same!
Somewhat belated reply, but anyway...=20
AFAIK no one else answered.
I had the same question some months ago,
so I asked my teacher. He said that a tap
is when you very quickly "tap" the tip of your
tongue once against the alveoli. A flap is made
by "flapping" the underside of the tip of your
tongue against the back of the alveoli, kind of
the same way you'd make a retroflex IIUC.
When I do that it sounds like something=20
between /d/ and /l/, but that's what he said.
Hope my answer wasn't too confusing.
It's hard to explain when I can't use my
hand as a "tongue".