Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 13:21:47 +0100


Subject: Re: An R-full mess

On Tue, 7 Oct 1997, TERRY IRONS wrote:

}Can anyone point me to recent work on post-vocalic r's? Along with the

}other resonant consonants, it's probably responsible for more front and

}back vowel merger/collapses than the recent earthquakes in Italy.

In the journal _English Language and Linguistics_ Heinz Giegerich

deals with the long vowels /O:/ and /A:/ of RP. While this may not seem

relevant, it talks about how these vowels are used in the loss of

rhoticity and suggests a syllabic structure which, if you use your

imagination, can be applied to us R-full speakers. I believe the publish

date was April 1997. It's a new journal, so your library may not have

subscribed to it yet.


Aaron E. Drews aaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Ph.D. Candidate

The University of Edinburgh +44 (0)131 650-3485

Department of Linguistics fax: +44 (0)131 650-3962