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]-like sounds. English has one lateral sound [l]. Depending upon the dialect, Gaelic has at least 3 lateral sounds: [l, L, l'].

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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