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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.
Department of Communicative Disorders, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Speech and Language Pathology.
2016 (English)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 preand 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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2016. Vol. 29, no 8-10, 613-622 p.
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Other Health Sciences General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-130247DOI: 10.3109/02699206.2015.1047962PubMedID: 26172586OAI: diva2:950071
’r-atics 5, Leeuwarden, May, 2016
Available from: 2016-07-27 Created: 2016-07-27 Last updated: 2016-08-15Bibliographically approved

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