The phonetic status of the (inter)dental approximant

Date:
2010
Part Of Series:
Journal of the International Phonetic Association, Vol. 40, No. 2
Extent:
pages 199-215
Abstract:
The (inter)dental approximant is a little-studied speech sound in the Philippines and Western Australia. In this paper, we document the articulation of the sound, providing acoustic and video data from Kagayanen and Limos Kalinga, respectively. The sound is attested in at least fifteen languages. It is contrastive in five Western Australian languages, while in the Philippines it generally patterns as an allophone of /l/ but has emerged recently as a separate phoneme due to contact. It arose independently in the two regions. The sound is easily describable in terms of values of phonological features or phonetic parameters. All of these factors argue for the inclusion of the sound in the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Description:
This publication is available for purchase at http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025100309990296
Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Australia
Philippines
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Subject:
tongue protrusion
phonemes
International Phonetic Alphabet
Interdental approximant
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Entry Number:
48235
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