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Re: rhotic miscellany (was: Advanced English + Babel text)

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Thursday, November 4, 2004, 18:43
J. 'Mach' Wust wrote:

>On Thu, 4 Nov 2004 06:57:55 +0000, Ray Brown <ray.brown@...> wrote: > > > >>I'm told - tho I don't know how true this is - that this is >>typical of young children: to start with trilling the uvular but gradually >>to lose the trill. >> >> > >Remarkable! I wonder whether the same could be said about German children. > > > >>On Wednesday, November 3, 2004, at 05:11 , Sally Caves wrote: >> >> >> >>>Many Germans, I gather, don't trill, but merely >>>fricatize the "r"; >>> >>> >>I gather this is so. At one time the trilled lingual r was also widespread. >> That was the /r/ used by Hitler, as you hear on ancient newsreels. It may >>be - I don't know - that this accounts for its demise in the last half >>century. >> >> > >I rather suppose this is because the pronunciation of standard German has >become less prescriptive. The prescribed realization of /r/ was a lingual >trill-tap [r], and in the first half of the 20th century, an strong uvular >trill was common on radio. I also suppose that the trill was favoured >because it's more clearly audible, taking into account that the sound >technology wasn't that avanced at this time and that it was the very first >generation that had electric amplification, since before, the bare human >voice had to be strong enough. > >
I had a Swiss teacher, who had an alveolar [r]. She also had [e], where the German I learnt has [@](so, for instance, 'ruhe' was [rue], or similar).