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USAGE: intrusive "r" [was Re: (Offlist) Re: ASCII IPA]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 21, 2002, 12:25
Quoting bnathyuw <bnathyuw@...>:

> --- Javier BF <uaxuctum@...> wrote: > > > > That's the rule for non-rhotic dialects, at least > > British, when a previous r sound existed and was > > dropped. The r is preserved when in liaison, in the > > same way French preserves "muted" final consonants > > in such cases. Evidently, this is not the case with > > "idea" and "Cuba", which, as you say, are > > simply hypercorrections. > > > > As one who grew up with rhotic speech, I can tell > > you that such pronunciations were considered utterly > > ignorant by our teachers.
> not at all. pedants make fun of them, but > pronunciation without intrusive 'r's can sound rather > stilted > > the classic example is /,lO:.r@n.'O:.d@/ for |law and > order|, but you can pronounce that /lO:@n.'O:.d@/
Presumably, you mean to use phonetic transcription, not phonemic, since epenthetic segments are usually not said to exist at the underlying level. (</nitpick>) For some reason, in America I associate this phenomenon exclusively with New England. Perhaps I've watched too much public television -- Norm Abram, originally on _This Old House_ and now doing his own public television show _The New Yankee Workshop_, has a very distinct intrusive "r". I don't think I've ever heard of Southern dialects with intrusive "r". I'd be curious to know if anybody's ever heard any. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier Dept. of Linguistics "Nihil magis praestandum est quam ne pecorum ritu University of Chicago sequamur antecedentium gregem, pergentes non qua 1010 E. 59th Street eundum est, sed qua itur." -- Seneca Chicago, IL 60637


John Cowan <jcowan@...>