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やっぱり = 矢{や}張{は}り. If you pronouce 張 as ぱ, the entity would become やぱり which sounds awkward. To facilitate the pronunciation, we insert っ. For more detail look at this -> http://www.weblio.jp/content/%E4%BF%83%E9%9F%B3%E4%BE%BF.


This is far from being a silly question. For one thing, the half-sized vowels (ぁ、ぃ、ぅ、ぇ、ぉ) didn't actually exist in the first place. They are mainly used while writing down a spoken sentence where the speaker insisted on the vowels, even more than the actual word would require. For example, you could find the sentence 「とぉぉても嬉{うれ}しいです!」 in a manga, that would ...

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