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Re: What _is_ rhoticity? (wa laterals (was: Pharingials etc))

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Saturday, February 14, 2004, 16:01
At 01:59 14.2.2004, Roger Mills wrote:

>Just a possible way out of this morass: Let us suppose that all rhotics >originally start out as tapped or trilled [r], with all the acoustics >thereof-- this seems likely on the basis of Romance (trill in Ital, Span, >dialectal trill vs. uvular in Fr., trill in Portugal vs. vl.velar fric in >Brazilian), German (dialectal trill vs. velar?/uvular), and Slavic (from >what I'm told); even in Indonesian langs. (Ml/Indo trill, dial/related >langs. vd or vl. velar fric.) etc. etc.----- so however a language's /r/ is >realized, there is a sense that "this is underlying phonemic /r/" and the >speech organs act accordingly, producing lowered 3d formant (or whatever it >is that marks a "rhotic"...)
I've seen it suggested that tongue grooving is involved in most if not all rhotics. /BP 8^) -- B.Philip Jonsson (delete X) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Truth, Sir, is a cow which will give [skeptics] no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull." -- Sam. Johnson (no rel. ;)