A lateral flap is a family of consonantal sounds, used in some spoken languages.
There are four attested or claimed lateral flaps in the world's languages:
- The alveolar lateral flap ɺ is quite common.
- A retroflex lateral flap is found in Pashtun and the Iwaidjan languages of Australia.
- A palatal lateral flap ʎ̯ may occur in Iwaidja, but is uncertain.
- A velar lateral flap ʟ̆ occurs allophonically in Melpa and a few other languages of New Guinea.
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