a1 SIL International & University of North Dakota Ken_Olson@sil.org
a2 University of Ottawa email@example.com
a3 Translators Association of the Philippines Josephine_Daguman@sil.org
a4 SIL International Carol_Pebley@sil.org
a5 SIL International & University of North Dakota Hugh_Paterson@sil.org
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 /l/ 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.