> --- On Thu, 2/19/09, Andrew Jarrette <anjarrette@...> wrote:[...]
>> BTW, many linguists say that the commonest [r] in the U.S.A.Yes.
>> is not actually retroflex [r] but what they call "bunched /r/",
>> whose articulation I'm not really sure of but I think involves
>> contracting the tongue into an arch, pointing the tip downward,
>> and articulating the approximant somewhere close to the hard
>> palate. [...]
> Your description of "bunched r" definitely seems to be on theNot for those of us who have the retroflex /r/!
> mark as normal American r