The sound is literally created by releasing my tongue off the inside of my upper molars, but it's fricative in sound and feel until I realized I was actually creating a stop because I was making contact and it was on release that the sound came out. It was voiceless too, which didn't help. I think it is a click and I just thought it was a lateral fricative because that's what it sounded like and I wasn't paying enough attention. My bad.

I learned about fricated clicks from natlangs. It just means the release isn't a pop/click, it makes a turbulent sound as you let go and turns the alveolar click into what sounds like a sibilant. I didn't make it up.

That said while I'm on the topic, what exactly does it mean by non-lateral click with a lateral release? I can't find almost any detailed description off clicks OR lateral fricatives except the stuff on Wikipedia, which isn't exactly in depth. I'm probably going to have to buy a book at this rate.

      From: Zach Wellstood <[log in to unmask]>
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In natlangs, there's no such thing as a "fricated lateral click," at least
not how I'm imagining it. It's unclear what that would be.

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On Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 2:30 PM, Paul Roser <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:33:48 +0000, The Scribbler <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >How do I tell the difference between a lateral fricative and a fricated
> lateral click? I just realized why my clicks tend to feel the same as my
> fricatives, like they're in the same group, when I bumped into a
> description of fricated clicks, and I'm not sure whether they're clicks
> that went fricative or just fricated clicks. All laterals that sound like
> variations of slightly hissed hl sounds.
> To be clear, there is a considerable difference between a lateral
> fricative and a lateral click. If you can produce a sequence of vowel +
> lateral + vowel (e.g. [aLa] with [L] denoting whatever lateral you are
> producing) and there is no closure/no cessation of airflow at any point,
> then you are producing lateral fricatives. If there is a closure it might
> be a lateral click, but I would suggest that it is more likely a lateral
> affricate - a lateral click would require an anterior closure, somewhere
> between dental and post-aveolar, and a posterior closure in the
> velar-uvular region. Though the IPA has no officially recognized symbols
> for lateral fricatives other than the alveolar ones [ɬ], [ɮ], non-coronal
> lateral fricatives and affricates have been described for some languages,
> most notably the pre-velar or velar laterals in Archi, Avar, Karata and
> Bezhta in the Eastern Caucasus, and ejective velar afffricates in Zulu
> andthe Khoe dialect G|ui.
> -bfowol