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

From:michael poxon <m.poxon@...>
Date:Thursday, August 22, 2002, 13:09
this also happens in British English occasionally; there's a long-running
radio series called "The Archers" set around a West-country village which
still uses postvocalic r (as do many rural dialects SW of London) in a
dialect called (disparagingly) "Mummerset" meaning 'the BBC's version of
what all rural speech supposedly sounds like'. However, some of the actors
overcompensate by the rule which "If RP version ends in schwa, use [schwa+r]
whether or not there was one there originally" thus we get RP /fa:m/ [farm]
giving, quite properly Mummerset /fa:rm/ but RP /stel@/ [Stella] being
realised as /stel@r/!
> > (Incidentally the final -r was not just intervocalic; it was always
> > as in "Hey, that's a good idear!")
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