A self-correction: Australian retroflex stops are typically apical rather than subapical. The fact remains that many Australian languages may have up to four contrsts for coronal stops, distinguishing also laminal (palato-alveolar) from apical (retroflex) postalveolar stops. The spelling used by most Austalianists is "th", "t", "j" (or "ty"), "rt".
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From: Piotr Gasiorowski
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Numerous Australian languages contrast (laminal) dental, (apical) alveolar and (subapical) retroflex stop phonemes. There should be other examples e.g. in Ladefoged & Maddieson.
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Does anybody know if there is any non-Indic language with
a phonemic contrast between dental and retroflex stops?

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