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

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 21, 2002, 13:48
Thomas R. Wier scripsit:

> 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.
If you mean intrusive "r" strictly as opposed to linking "r", then I think you are right. There are certainly Southern speakers who use linking "r" -- restoring "r" where it etymologically belongs -- but I think only New Englanders have intrusive -- non-etymological -- "r". There are also Southerners with neither kind of "r". -- Knowledge studies others / Wisdom is self-known; John Cowan Muscle masters brothers / Self-mastery is bone; Content need never borrow / Ambition wanders blind; Vitality cleaves to the marrow / Leaving death behind. --Tao 33 (Bynner)