Rhotic representation: problems and proposals

  title={Rhotic representation: problems and proposals},
  author={Melvin Stanley Whitley},
  journal={Journal of the International Phonetic Association},
  pages={81 - 86}
  • M. S. Whitley
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • Psychology
  • Journal of the International Phonetic Association
Starting with an r that was already ambiguous, the IPA added new symbols and diacritics without arriving at a comprehensive treatment of rhotics. The results have been ad hoc solutions and potential confusion for languages such as Spanish, in which these need to be distinguished. A few modifications of the IPA diacritic system would suffice in order to capture the different types. 
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