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[G] for /r/ (was Re: my phonology)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Thursday, January 6, 2005, 20:52

On Thu, 6 Jan 2005 16:07:31 -0000,
Christian Thalmann <cinga@...> wrote:

> Some few people around here use [G] instead of the more common > [R] and even more common [4] for "r" (I did it too until in the > middle of primary school, when the teacher realized it and > inadvertantly made me a curiosity... I then learned and > switched to [4] within days ;-). [G] for "r" sounds strange. I > can well imagine a/G/-/R/ contrast in a language.
Funny that you mention that, because in the part of Germany where I am from (Lippe, in northeastern North Rhine-Westphalia), pre-vocalic /r/ is indeed realized as [G] or something like that, and in the local dialect of Low German, /G/ < intervocalic /g/, and pre-vocalic /r/ sound the same. This caused me to use |r| for /G/ in a transliteration system I used for my conlangs in the mid-80s. Later, I changed that, using |r| for /r/ and |gh| for /G/. Greetings, Jörg.