rhotic

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Examples

Pronunciation of the English word air in a rhotic (American) and non-rhotic (British) accent respectively:

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from rhotacism, coined by John C. Wells 1968[1]

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Adjective[edit]

rhotic (not comparable)

  1. (of an English accent) Allowing the phoneme /ɹ/ even when not followed by a vowel, as in bar (/bɑːɹ/) and bard or barred (/bɑːɹd/).
    Rhotic speech is common in much of the United States, Canada, many parts of the north and west of England, Ireland, and Scotland.
  2. (of a phoneme) Having a sound quality associated with the letter R. This includes the sounds of the IPA symbols /ɹ/, /ɻ/, /ɚ/, /ɝ/, and some would say /r/, or r coloring.

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Noun[edit]

rhotic (plural rhotics)

  1. (phonetics) A rhotic consonant.

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