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Title: The phonetic status of the (inter)dental approximant
Author: Kenneth S. Olson
Institution: SIL International & University of North Dakota
Author: Jeff Mielke
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Institution: University of Ottawa
Author: Josephine Sanicas-Daguman
Institution: Translators Association of the Philippines
Author: Carol Jean Pebley
Institution: SIL International
Author: Hugh Paterson
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Institution: SIL International & University of North Dakota
Linguistic Field: Phonetics
Subject Language: Kagayanen
Abstract: The (inter)dental approximant is a little-studied speech sound in the Philippines and Western Australia. In this paper, we document the articulation of the sound, providing acoustic and video data from Kagayanen and Limos Kalinga, respectively. The sound is attested in at least fifteen languages. It is contrastive in five Western Australian languages, while in the Philippines it generally patterns as an allophone of // but has emerged recently as a separate phoneme due to contact. It arose independently in the two regions. The sound is easily describable in terms of values of phonological features or phonetic parameters. All of these factors argue for the inclusion of the sound in the International Phonetic Alphabet.


This article appears IN Journal of the International Phonetic Association Vol. 40, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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