Flap consonant

  • Plosives
  • Nasal
  • Vibrants
  • Taps / Flaps
  • Fricatives
  • Affricates
  • Approximants
  • Lateral
  • Ejectives
  • Ingressive sounds Clicks ( clicking sounds )
  • Implosives

As Flap (English for beat; Pl: Flaps ) (also: Tap (English for knock; Pl: taps) is referred to in the Phonetics a consonant, caused by a single striking movement of the tongue against the articulation.

Flaps and taps are one and the same for the majority of linguists, so they use both terms interchangeably. Peter Ladefoged temporarily took the view that it is useful to distinguish between ' Flap ' and ' Tap', used these terms but even inconsistent. Later, Ladefoged represented rather the opinion that it makes no difference and the term ' Flap ' is therefore preferable.

For the few linguists who make a difference, the flap is similar to Tap, only that unlike the tap, in which the tip of the tongue taps directly from the resting position to the place of articulation, the tongue of articulation in the rest position ( behind the lower teeth ) moves. According to this view, the Tap the sound [ ɾ ], whereas the flap - which is normally not present in the IPA - is represented by the sound [ ᴅ ]


  • Manner of articulation