It occurs mostly between vowels. It occurs word-initially only in the word ro 'to gather up.' It occurs in word-final position when words are contracted, e.g. tere ti lo > ter r lo (the segment carrying high tone) [body of 3SG] 'his/her body'. The contracted form would sound like terrlo. It replaces the retroflexed alveolar flap of the Gbaya of Bossangoa of many who live in Bangui.