Voiced Alveolar Lateral Approximant (Lower-case L)


Articulator: tip of the tongue

Point of Articulation: alveolar

Manner of Articulation: Lateral Approximant. Make a firm contact against the point of articulation, so that the airflow is blocked on the midline of the oral cavity. The airstream escapes laterally through the space between the upper back teeth/gums and one or both sides of the tongue. The constriction degree between the tongue and the teeth/gums is not so narrow as in a lateral fricative.

Voice: Voiced – Vocal folds are close and vibrating.

Source Notes URL
ArticulatoryIPA Ultrasound; both coronal and sagittal views Ultrasound; both views; half-speed



SpeechTrainer.de (Youtube) Animation; intervocalic token http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do4rx6CpN4k
Georg Heike (Youtube acct) Dynamo synthesized speech (of German sounds) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVwcNdS0mjM#t=01m42s