Uvular lateral approximant

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Uvular lateral approximant
ʟ̠
IPA number 158 414
Encoding
X-SAMPA L\_-
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The uvular lateral approximant is a type of consonantal sound used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ʟ̠⟩, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is L\_-. Both of these symbols are also correct representations of the pharyngeal or epiglottal lateral approximant, a physically possible sound that is not attested in any language.[1] The letter for a back-velar in the Uralic Phonetic Alphabet, ⟨⟩, may also be used.

Features

Features of the uvular lateral approximant:

Occurrence

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
English Some American speakers[2] wool [wʊʟ̠] 'wool' May be velar or simply alveolar instead.[2] See English phonology

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