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