But first, lemme jog your
memory. While learning Tamil a coupla years ago, I
encountered this delightfully weirdissimo phoneme which defied qualification and asked for
this groupfolk's help to find a proper
phonetic description for it. As the
mail below shows, Piotr suggested this could
be a"semivocalic (open) counterpart
of the retroflex lateral /L/".
I'm now trying to help a Wikipedian (who's authoring an article on Tamil pronunciation)
qualify this sound from a linguist's point of view. He seems to have
understandably fallen into the trap of mistaking it for the retroflex
approximant (same as I did to begin with).I now need to give him an IPA symbol to qualify this phoneme.
Piotr, can you
suggest one? Is there some kind of a
"semivocalic" marker in IPA to use with the regular lateral retroflex
approximant /ɭ/? How about using the retroflex approximant /ɻ/
with a laminal marker like so: /ɻ̻/?
in advance for your responses,
might need the Arial Unicode MS font installed to view the IPA symbols I've
used: nothing missed as I've given the IPA descriptions for each