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Re: Simafiran "r"

From:Jesse Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Thursday, November 15, 2001, 5:56
> At the end of words, or at the end of syllables when the next > syllable > begins with a consonant, the "r" hardens up. It also acquires > something > of a trill, though I cannot in fact roll my r's at all. I've seen > descriptions of a "tap" or "flap", though in the recordings I have, > it > simply sounds like an "r" sound read quickly.
I'm not sure what you're describing, but it sounds like allophonic variation to me. Such things are universal in all languages, and I guarantee you that you've already included other allophones in your language without even realizing it. So I wouldn't consider this a flaw at all--rather, it's a very naturalistic, admirable feature. Jesse S. Bangs Pelíran jaspax@ "We couldn't all be cowboys Some of us are clowns" --Counting Crows