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Re: Simafiran "r"

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Friday, November 16, 2001, 0:02
Jesse Bangs wrote:
 (I read this in the archive, and don't recall whose language Simafiran is):

>> 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.
Agreed. My thought: since your /r/ is velar or uvular, why not have it become the corresponding stop in the "hardening" environment?