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Query Details

Query Subject:   Intrusive Consonants in English
Author:   Katalin BalognĂ© BĂ©rces
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonology

Query:   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
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
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
LL Issue: 19.3043
Date posted: 07-Oct-2008


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