rhotacism


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rhotacism

(ˈrəʊtəˌsɪzəm)
n
(Phonetics & Phonology) excessive use or idiosyncratic pronunciation of r
[C19: from New Latin rhōtacismus, from Greek rhōtakizein (verb) from the letter rho]
ˈrhotacist n
ˌrhotaˈcistic adj

rhotacism

Phonetics.
1. a misarticulation of the sound r or the substitution of another sound for it.
2. Cf. lambdacism. substitution of the sound sound r for another sound, as that of l.
2. the excessive use of the sound r.
3. Phonology. replacement of the sound z or s by r in Indo-European languages, as German wesen, English were. — rhotacize, v. — rhotacistic, adj.
See also: Linguistics
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A conspicuous areal sound change common to Tati is rhotacism of postvocalic d, thus, the endonym juhur < Pers.
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