Rhotics. New Data and Perspectives

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Lorenzo Spreafico, Alessandro Vietti

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2013, 276 p.
  • ISBN: 978-88-6046-055-4
  • DOI: 10.13124/9788860461025




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This book provides an insight into the patterns of variation and change of rhotics in different languages and from a variety of perspectives. It sheds light on the phonetics, the phonology, the socio-linguistics and the acquisition of /r/-sounds in languages as diverse as Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Kuikuro, Malayalam, Romanian, Slovak, Tyrolean and Washili Shingazidja thus contributing to the discussion on the unity and uniqueness of this group of sounds.


  1. Front matter, Contents
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction
    Alessandro Vietti, Lorenzo Spreafico
  4. On the Place of Rhotics: A case study on the acquisition of French /ʁ/
    Marijn van't Veer
  5. Acquisition of English [ɹ] by adult Pakistani learners
    Nasir A. Syed
  6. On rhotics in a bilingual community: A preliminary UTI research
    Lorenzo Spreafico, Alessandro Vietti
  7. Articulatory coordination in obstruent-sonorant clusters and syllabic consonants: Data and modelling
    Philip Hoole, Marianne Pouplier, Štefan Beňuš, Lasse Bombien
  8. Articulating five liquids: A single speaker ultrasound study of Malayalam
    James M. Scobbie, Reenu Punnoose, Ghada Khattab
  9. The many faces of /r/
    Mary Baltazani, Katerina Nicolaidis
  10. Another look at the structure of [ɾ]: Constricted intervals and vocalic elements
    Carmen-Florina Savu
  11. New insights into American English V+/r/ sequences
    María Riera, Joaquín Romero
  12. /r/ in Washili Shingazidja
    Cédric Patin
  13. Prosodic factors in the adaptation of Hebrew rhotics in loanwords from English
    Evan-Gary Cohen
  14. A preliminary contribution to the study of phonetic variation of /r/ in Italian and Italo-Romance
    Antonio Romano
  15. The spreading of uvular [ʀ] in Flanders
    Hans Van de Velde, Evie Tops, Roeland van Hout
  16. Instability of the [r] ~ [ʀ] alternation in Montreal French: An exploration of stylistic conditioning in a sound change in progress
    Gillian Sankoff, Hélène Blondeau
  17. List of contributors

Press commentaries

Experimental phoneticians, phonologists, sociolinguists and historical dialectologists can all learn from the papers in the monograph, which, while highly technical, present their conclusions clearly and succinctly. These studies provide exemplars of how research on rhotic variation can be carried out. Most of the papers are very informative and will be useful for future researchers by providing a template for how to carry out a given research path, as well as by analysis of specific results. Malcah Yaeger-Dror, linguist list, 08.04.2014, http://linguistlist.org/issues/26/26-1175.html


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