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 :)
A mind which thinks at its own expense
will always interfere with language.
[J.G. Hamann 1760]