Date: Mon, 1 Jun 1998 08:47:00 -0500
From: Herb Stahlke
Subject: American /r/ -Reply


Both of the following references treat American
English and, in the first instance, Irish
rhotacized vowels as single segments. The first
reference has a British publisher, the second a
British author.

Clark, John, and Colin Yallop. 1990. An
Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology.
London: Basil Blackwell. P. 102.

Ladefoged, Peter. 1982. A course in
Phonetics, Second Edition. New York:
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. P. 78. (There is a
more recent edition, but I don't have a copy.)

Herb Stahlke

>>> Aaron Drews
06/01/98 06:57am >>>
Hello All,

I'm trying to find a book/reference that says the
underlying sound in
American English for the words _bird_, _fur_,
_butt_er_ is a single,
rhoticized phoneme. The books in our library
on American pronunciation
have not been helpful at all. I've been
recommended Kenyon, but our
library seems to only have a copy in its
database rather than in any
readable form.

Do any of you know of a reference that claims a
single _er_ sound? Is
there anything out there that deals with
American rhoticity in any great
depth? Better yet, are any of these printed by a
publisher with a British

Thanks for any help!


Aaron E. Drews The
University of Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 650-3485
Departments of English Language
and Linguistics