Odp: [tied] Sanskrit /r/

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 7719
Date: 2001-06-22

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From: Sergejus Tarasovas
To: cybalist@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2001 9:32 AM
Subject: Re: [tied] Sanskrit /r/

> So it was not a trill in any case?
Descriptions like "a very brief trill" can be found in the literature -- presumably meaning a flapped articulation. The tendency of syllable-final /r/ to be effaced in Indo-Aryan shows that its articulation has always been weaker in that position.

>>The tendency to realise syllabic <r> as [ri] or [ru] brings to mind
>>the treatment of <pretty> in American English.

> And this treatment is due to retroflex quality of AmEn /r/?

Yes, or more precisely its high-vowel-like formant structure.