gooofy (gooofy) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Malayalam

I'm trying to understand the difference between the various nasals and liquids. According to the usual source, we have

dental:
ന /n̪/

alveolar:
ര /ɾ/ (alveolar tap)
ന /n/
റ /r/ (alveolar trill)
ല /l/

retroflex:
ര /ɻ/ (approximant)
ള /ɭ/

But according to Omniglot, ര is a dental trill and റ is an alveolar trill.

Who's right? Or are these both acceptable variants? AIUI in spoken Tamil, there is no difference between the sounds written ர and ற, is it the same in Malayalam? I have some books on learning Malayalam, but they don't help at all.

thanks.
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