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R in the nordic countries was: Re: Ergativity/Apologies

From:Markus Miekk-oja <fam.miekk-oja@...>
Date:Friday, August 15, 2003, 21:49
>> I've always thought that finnish or maybe >> swedish would be an interesting language to learn, although of course >> I'd still have the problem that I can't get the rs right (same problem >> in spanish :( )... finnish has an alveolar trilled r doesn't it? Is an >> uvular r an acceptable substitute or does it make you sound wrong?
Finnish: I've got distant cousins who have uvular r (they are somewhat well-off, though, so I guess that's got something to do with it), I use trilled r (which I also have as the main allophone of my Swedish r too). My Swedish r varies between approximant and trill depending on style/dialect/loudness and phonetic realization.
>As far as Swedish is concerned, uvular R is used by large numbers of native >speakers. If you can supply any sort of voiced alveolar, retroflex or
>trill or approximant, you should be pretty OK.
Yeah, r comes in every stripe here. [Some experiments later, using my little brother as guinea pig:] even laryngeal fricatives sound semi-realistic. (Someone with a speech-impediment could sound a bit like that) He understood every word perfectly.. - Markus Miekk-oja


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