Velarized alveolar lateral approximant

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Template:Infobox IPA The velarized alveolar lateral approximant (also called dark l) is a type of consonantal sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is , which is a lowercase letter l, with a struck-through tilde, which represents velarization. The equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is 5.

Features

Features of the velarized alveolar lateral approximant:

In English

The velarized lateral alveolar approximant occurs in English, and it is the sound denoted by the letter 'l' in bell and milk. The sound denoted by the letter 'l' in lip or please, however, is a different sound, the non-velarized or "plain" alveolar lateral approximant.

Many (though not all) dialects of English use a velarized or dark l when it occurs in syllable codas, with various exceptions that depend on dialect. Irish English is a notable exception, which uses clear l everywhere, and some English accents use [w], [u] or [o] instead of dark l's.


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