Pharyngealised/Velarised Laterals and Stops
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I am preparing a thesis on lateral sounds and was wondering which
languages contrast a pharyngealised or velarised (i.e., dark) lateral
with a pharyngealised or velarised voiced alveolar or dental stop. I am
aware that Arabic has such a contrast in its emphatic
and /d/, but to
my knowledge it is not fully phonemic, in that the emphatic lateral only
occurs next to other emphatic consonants, in the word for God, and
only a few minimal pairs exist to support the claim of emphatic
/d/ standing in parallel distribution.
Are there any other languages in which pharyngealised or velarised
and /d/ contrast, either fully or marginally? Are there any languages in
which one is clearly an allophone of the other?
Of course, I will post a summary of the answers.
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