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
>> begins with a consonant, the "r" hardens up. It also acquires
>> 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,
>> 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?