Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Too frequent use of r.
- n. Erroneous pronunciation of r; utterance of r with vibration of the uvula.
- n. Conversion of another sound, as s, into r.
- n. Also spelled rotacism.
- n. An exaggerated use of the sound of the letter R.
- n. countable, linguistics : A linguistic phenomenon in which a consonant changes into an R, such as Latin flos becoming florem in the accusative case.
- n. Inability to pronounce the letter R; derhotacization.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An oversounding, or a misuse, of the letter
r; specifically (Phylol.), the tendency, exhibited in the Indo-European languages, to change sto r, as weseto were.
- From New Latin rhotacismus ("excessive or peculiar use of [r], especially the conversion of another sound (usually [s] or [z]) to [r]"), from Ancient Greek * ῥωτακισμός, from ῥωτακίζω (rhotakizō, "I incorrectly use ρ"), from ῥῶ (rhō, "rho (the Greek equivalent of r)") (Wiktionary)
“Sounds like proper Ringlish if you'll excuse an exaggerated intervocalic rhotacism.”
“Since then he's discussed rhotacism in Venezuela (eg «\er negro\» for el negro 'the black one'), leísmo in Madrid (the use of the indirect pronoun as a direct object), and Occitan/Provençal, among other things.”
“They comprise chiefly: sigmatism or imperfect pronunciation of s; rhotacism or imperfect pronunciation of r; lambdacism or imperfect pronunciation of l; gam -”
“They show more plainly (at least concerning rhotacism) than my own notes, some imperfections of articulation of the child in the second year, which occur, however, only in single individuals.”
“She also speaks with a rhotacism, mirroring that 'classless' pronunciation of Jonathan Ross and David Bellamy.”
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