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The bilabial flap is an uncommon non-rhotic flap. It is usually, and perhaps always, an allophone of the labiodental flap, though it is the preferred allophone in a minority of languages such as Banda and some of its neighbors.

There was no dedicated IPA symbol for this sound until recently. It was often transcribed with the ad hoc use of the extra-short diacritic, [w̆]. (It would more accurately be [b̆], since flaps are more similar to brief plosives.)

However, the 2005 proposal for adoption of the new IPA labiodental flap recommends using that symbol with an advanced diacritic for a bilabial flap:

Labiodental flap with diacritic.png



Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Mono[1] vwa [ⱱ̟a] 'send' Contrasts with /v/ and /w/. In free variation with labiodental flap

See also


  1. ^ Olson (2004:233)


  • Olson, Kenneth (2004), "Mono", Journal of the International Phonetic Association 34 (2): 233–238  

Further reading

  • Olson, Kenneth; Schrag, Brian (2000), "An overview of Mono phonology", in Wolff, H.E., Proceedings from the 2nd World Congress of African Linguistics, Leipzig 1997, Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe, pp. 393–409  


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