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Re: initial /dr/ & /tr/

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Friday, December 7, 2007, 13:44

Carsten Becker writes:
> Matahaniya ang Henrik Theiling ya 20' November 2007: > >> I mentioned once that there are some German dialects that >> have an alveolar approximant for their /r/, which sounds >> quite similar to a typical postalveolar English /r/ >> (because the dialect isn't well-known, speakers are >> sometimes mistaken to be from America, speaking 'very >> good German'...). In these dialects, the /tr/ is >> [ts_ar\], i.e., an (apical) alveolar fricative creeps in. > > Are you referring to the Wetterau /'vEr\:AU)/ dialect of western > Hesse?
Could be -- I don't know the approximant /r/'s extents. I know the approximant /r/ is used near Marburg, e.g. in Ebsdorfergrund. The above-mentioned person I talked to was from there.
> If so, I have heard it spoken once, on the bus, and I couldn't > understand a single word. >...
Well, that person talked High German to me so I could understand her, but the /r/ was still an alveolar approximant. Probably there is also a proper dialect that is harder to understand. **Henrik