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Evidence for the distinction between ‘consonantal-/r/’ and ‘vocalic-/r/’ in American English
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, USA.
Department of Communicative Disorders, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
2015 (English)In: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, ISSN 0269-9206, E-ISSN 1464-5076, Vol. 29, no 8-10, 613-622 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We examine the distinction between “consonantal-r” and “vocalic-r” in American English, terms encountered in the speech pathology literature but rarely in phonetic studies. We review evidence from phonetics, phonology and therapy, and describe our own study which measured percentage rhoticity in pre- and post-vocalic /r/. We suggest that the evidence supports a view that there is no more variation between pre-vocalic and post-vocalic /r/ than found in many other consonants. We also evaluate the different transcription traditions for post-vocalic /r/ in American English (as a consonant or a vowel), and describe a preliminary study demonstrating that these transcriptions are not equivalent, and denote different realisations.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. Vol. 29, no 8-10, 613-622 p.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120546DOI: 10.3109/02699206.2015.1047962ISI: 000361313400004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-120546DiVA: diva2:846116
Available from: 2015-08-14 Created: 2015-08-14 Last updated: 2015-10-13Bibliographically approved

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