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LINGUIST List 19.3043

Tue Oct 07 2008

Qs: Intrusive Consonants in English

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        1.    Katalin Balogné Bérces, Intrusive Consonants in English


Message 1: Intrusive Consonants in English
Date: 06-Oct-2008
From: Katalin Balogné Bérces <bbkatiyahoo.com>
Subject: Intrusive Consonants in English
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Dear Linguists,

I'm interested in two processes of consonantal intrusion taking place
across morpheme boundaries in present-day English: (1) the appearance of
the so-called intrusive-R in R-liaison in most non-rhotic accents of
English (e.g., Advanced RP, and Eastern Massachusetts English), and (2) the
insertion of /l/ in similar contexts in Bristol English and in southern
Pennsylvania. It is well-known that both are connected to
dropping/vocalization rules, in the form of rule inversion. It has been
noticed that while intrusive-R only characterizes non-rhotic accents,
intrusive-L is only found in rhotic varieties.

Is there really a complementary relationship between the two processes?
What happens in an accent (like Cockney) which is both non-rhotic and
L-vocalizing? Can a word-final /l/ be lost and replaced with an /r/ in
sandhi when triggerring vowels overlap, as in, e.g., ''Paul arrived'' (by
analogy to ''law and order'')? Unfortunately I'm not a native speaker so I
don't even have intuitions. Do you?

Thank you in advance for your comments,
Katalin Balogne Berces

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

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