/r/-liaison in English: An empirical study

  title={/r/-liaison in English: An empirical study},
  author={Jos{\'e} A. Mompe{\'a}n-Gonz{\'a}lez and Pilar Mompe{\'a}n-Guillam{\'o}n},
Abstract This article presents the results of an empirical study on the phenomenon of /r/-liaison (i.e., linking /r/ and intrusive /r/) in non-rhotic English from the perspective of usage-based Cognitive Linguistics. The study looks into sociolinguistic, phonetic and usage-based factors that condition variability in /r/-liaison through the analysis of news archives from the BBC World Service website (years 2004 and 2005). The paper argues that a thorough understanding of the phenomenon of /r… 
Hiatus Resolution Strategies in Non-rhotic English: The Case of /r/-Liaison
The results show that /r/-liaison is a common hiatus-breaking strategy although there are significant differences between linking /r/ and intrusive /r/.
/r/-sandhi in the speech of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Jose A. Mompeán
  • Linguistics
    Journal of the International Phonetic Association
  • 2021
This paper looks at the use of /r/-sandhi in the speech of Queen Elizabeth II. Potential contexts of /r/-sandhi were identified and analysed for the presence or absence of rhoticity and
The Journal of Studies in Language
The Journal of Studies in Language 34.4, 639-648. American English lateral /l/s often become dark depending on their phonological conditions (Catford,1977, 1992). When they appear in a word-final
Analogy in the emergence of intrusive-r in English1
The main claim of the article is that intrusive-r in non-rhotic dialects of English is the result of the analogical extension of the r~zero alternation shown by words such as far, more and dear.
Diachronic change in /r/-sandhi? A real-time study at community and individual levels
This study deals with the possible diachronic change in the use of /r/-sandhi in a variety of non-rhotic English (RP). A real-time study analyzed potential linking /r/ productions in a group of
Planning of Hiatus-Breaking Inserted /ɹ/ in the Speech of Australian English-Speaking Children.
Six-year-old Australian English-speaking children who use /ɹ/ insertion show evidence of planning ahead and inserting /ɷ/ as a segment, as evidenced by F3 lowering on V1.V2 hiatus contexts.
A Sociophonetic Approach to Scottish Standard English
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Hiatus resolution and linking ‘r’ in Australian English
Hiatus occurs when the juxtaposition of syllables results in two separate vowels occurring alongside one another. Such vowel adjacency, both within words and across word boundaries, is phonologically
T-to-R and the Northern Subject Rule: questionnaire-based spatial, social and structural linguistics1
Accents and dialects of English and Scots in Britain have been under active investigation for many decades, as reported through the Survey of English Dialects (Orton et al. 1962–71) and the


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  • Adam Brown
  • Linguistics
    Journal of the International Phonetic Association
  • 1988
This article examines two related phenomena concerning the English phoneme /r/: linking/intrusive /r/ and rhotic /r/. The former is usually discussed in RP-oriented pronunciation drill books and
Linking /r/ in the General British pronunciation of English
  • J. Lewis
  • Linguistics
    Journal of the International Phonetic Association
  • 1975
Linking /r/ concerns words having as final phoneme in isolate pronunciation either /ɑ/ or /ɔ/ or one of the five phonemes involving a (final) central vowel /ə, ɜ, ɪə, eə, ʊə/. When any of these is
Another chapter in the story of /r/: ‘Labiodental’ variants in British English
In this article we trace the history of [bnu;]-like variants of British English /r/. Although [bnu;] has generally been dismissed as an infantilism, or indicative of affected or disordered speech, it
Linking /r/ in RP: some facts
  • L. Bauer
  • Linguistics
    Journal of the International Phonetic Association
  • 1984
This paper is an account of facts gleaned from the auditory analysis of thirty-seven recordings made in the Department of Phonetics, University of Edinburgh, between 1949 and 1966. Every student and
A gesture-based account of intrusive consonants in English
A number of recent papers have demonstrated the advantages of using a phonological model incorporating the timing and magnitude of articulatory gestures to account for alternations involving segments
Usage-based approaches in Cognitive Linguistics: A technical state of the art
A technical state of the art in usage-based linguistics as defined in the context of Cognitive Linguistics is presented and two criteria emerge as essential for a genuine corpus-oriented usage- based linguistics, viz. the use of quantitative techniques and the systematic operationalization of research hypotheses.
How Rhoticity Became /r/-sandhi
It is well known that nearly all nonrhotic dialects of English exhibit linking and/or intrusive /r/. What is not known are the details about how linking and intrusive /r/ emerge. This article
Category overlap and neutralization: The importance of speakers' classifications in phonology
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A union of Cognitive Linguistics and Sociolinguistics was bound to happen. Both proclaim a usage-based approach to language and aim to analyse actual language use in objective ways. Whereas
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The role of gender in language change, as discussed in Eckert (1989a) and Labov (1990), forms the context for an exploration of the role of gender in the development of Cajun English. Neither