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Title: Pre-R Dentalisation in Northern England
Author: Warren Maguire
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Dental pronunciation of alveolar consonants before /r/ and /…ôr/ is a well-known feature of traditional varieties of Irish English. This (PreRD) has a number of intriguing linguistic properties, in particular an associated /r/- and a . It is less well known that PreRD is (or perhaps was) also a feature of a number of English varieties outside Ireland, particularly in traditional northern English dialects. This article analyses dialect data from northern England in order to determine the nature of PreRD there and its historical relations with the phenomenon in Irish English. In addition, it explores the phonological complexities of PreRD in light of the loss of rhoticity in traditional northern English dialects.

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This article appears IN English Language and Linguistics Vol. 16, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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