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CHAT: rhotic retroflexion (was: CHAT: iron worlds (etc..

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 16, 2001, 5:38
At 4:51 pm -0500 15/5/01, Eric Christopherson wrote:
> >So retroflexion is the same as rhoticity? >
I quote from J.C. Wells, University of London, "Computer-coding the IPA: a proposed extension of SAMPA". In proposing that retroflex consonants (shown in IPA by dental/alveolars with rightward tails) be written [t`], [d`], [s`], [z`] etc, he adds: "No ambiguity arises through this: the IPA rhoticity hook applies to symbols for vowels, the retroflexion tail to consonants. In any case, r-coloured ('rhotic') vowels are sometimes themselves termed retroflex." Indeed, they are. I was familiar with the term long before I met the term 'rhotic', so I find it difficult to break the habit :) Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================


Robert Hailman <robert@...>
Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>