Re: Baby speech
|From:||Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 1, 2005, 20:15|
Quoting "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...>:
> So my baby's speech has a curious feature - he is apparently unable to
> pronounce final /r/ (presumably [r\] or similar; American English...).
> But rather than speaking non-rhotically, he seems to feel the need to
> substitute something there, because he hears us saying something, and
> what he puts there is a glide [j]. For instance, "car" comes out
> [koj] - why [o], I don't know. The word "door" is [doj], which is
> more understandable. And "water", which ends in a consonantal [r\]
> the way we pronounce it, he pronounces with a final [i] instead. I
> find all this fascinating, if just a tad disturbing on the
> developmental front. Has anyone heard of such substitutions before?
> I guess it's live evidence of /r/'s status as a glide in rhotic
In stereotypical little kid's speak here, /r/ gets realized as [j] or [j\] - eg.
_jag orkar inte längre_ becomes [jA: Ujkaj IntE lENjE].
So, I've been aware of substitutions of the kind for as long as I can remember.
Unfortunately, I don't therefore have any interesting insights about it to
share, tho I can note that I don't think it would make much sense to treat /r/
as a glide in Swedish.
> Oh, and GMail has added the ability to send email as another account,
> once you verify that the other account is actually you, and as part of
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> let's see if it works.