Lateral (definition)

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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