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Lateral is a feature which characterizes sounds that are produced by raising the mid section of the tongue preventing the air from flowing outward through the center of the mouth, while allowing it to pass over one or both sides of the tongue.


[l] as in lie.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


  • Chomsky, N. and M. Halle 1968. The Sound Pattern of English, Harper and Row, New York.
  • Halle, M. & G. Clements 1983. Problem Book in Phonology, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.