rhotacism


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rho·ta·cism

(rō'tă-sizm),
Mispronunciation of the "r" sound.
[G. rhō, the letter r]

rho·ta·cism

(rō'tă-sizm)
Mispronunciation of the "r" sound.
[G. rhō, the letter r]

rhotacism

(ro'ta-sizm) [Gr. rhotakizein, to overuse letter “r”]
Overuse or improper utterance of “r” sounds.
Synonym: pararhotacism
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The rhotacism of l is favored word-internally and not by the pre-pause position.
Albright observes that the uniform exponence account formalizes the intuition that paradigm leveling is due to a pressure for nonalternating paradigms, and that the mere existence of an active rhotacism constraint at one stage in the grammar is not sufficient to explain why it should continue to be true at the next stage in the grammar.
The headline mocking Hodgson's rhotacism - an inability to pronounce the letter R, which is shared by other public figures including politician Roy Jenkins and Matthew Bellamy, lead singer of band Muse - stoked criticism from a leading speech therapist in Wales as well as players.
But it is only now that I have learned that it is called rhotacism - which means that Ross (Wossy to his intimates) and his fellow-sufferers can't say it.
They included rhotacism, characteristic of the whole Northwest Germanic subbranch, the West Germanic voicing of the dental fricative *[theta] and its subsequent occlusion in clusters with a nasal and a liquid (l[theta] > ld, n[theta] > nd), as well as voicing of medial voiceless fricatives (f, [theta], s), and finally, loss of the voiceless velar fricative *[chi] in medial position.
There are sections on the thorny topics of lambdacism (6.2.8) and rhotacism (6.2.9), reviewing previous scholarship.
Ross speaks with a Rhotacism, causing him to pronounce the consonant 'r' like a 'w,' which has led to the British tabloid newspapers dubbing him 'Wossy'.
The following chapter is in turn an attempt to train the reader to unearth the fossilized allomorphy in that it introduces the further, less transparent allomorphic phenomena such as ablaut, rhotacism and metathesis as well as two types of cognates, i.e.
(25) The name a-na-zi+ri/a (26) is unlikely to be identical with Anaziti, because rhotacism would not be expected in this period.
After all, many phonetically "natural" and/or crosslinguistically common sound changes are much more likely to occur in one direction than the other, e.g., debuccalization, rhotacism of *z > *r, palatalization of velars before front vocalics, etc.