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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". Daniel Andreasson