Lateral sounds are made by positioning the tongue so that air travels along one or both sides of the tongue. These are the l sounds.
- English has one lateral sound <no wiki> [l]</nowiki>
- Depending upon the dialect, Gaelic has at least 3 lateral sounds: <no wiki> [l, l', L']</nowiki>
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- Ladefoged, D. (2010) A Course in Phonetics. 6th Edition. Wadsworth Publishing.
- Lamb, William (2003) Scottish Gaelic. 2nd edition. Munich: Lingcom Europa