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Laterals

 

consonant sounds formed by a stream of air passing along the sides of the tongue. For example, in German, when l is articulated the tip of the tongue is pressed against the alveoli and blocks the passage of air down the middle.

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The first stanza of Number 1 ("Unannounced Slights"), for example, concludes with this zinger: "deal slap placket attitude tubes." Each member of the trio that opens this line--deal, slap, placket--pivots around the lateral consonant "I," anchoring an otherwise nonsensical list in a phonemic constant.
This phenomenon is what appears to be taking place in this data in contexts where a nasal or a lateral consonant precedes a rhotic segment; in the transition between n and the rhotic or l and the rhotic, both air passages may be briefly closed, thus forming an intervening stop, namely /d/.
Long lateral consonants n and l appear word-finally as geminate l (Tunkelo 1946 : 440).

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