Editor for this issue: Dan Parker
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My colleagues and I are working on sound/spelling correspondences, and we find that for our purposes, it works better not to represent English sequences like ''er'' in ''letter'' and ''or'' in ''work'' as [ɚ] and [ɝ], but as [ər] and [ɜr]. We're trying to decide whether we can eliminate the rhotacized vowels from our tools altogether, but we are working with languages other than English and would like the tools to be general enough to work with any language.
So my question is whether anyone knows of a language for which treating rhotacized vowels as described above would be a problem. An example would be a language that has rhotacized phonemes and uses script characters to represent those phonemes that are distinct from the characters used to represent V + /r/. For our purposes, languages with scripts that do not reflect pronunciation (like Chinese) are not a concern.
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