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Where did rhotic come from?

Where did rhotic come from?

How Americans preserved British English: One feature of most American English is what linguists call ‘rhoticity’, or the pronunciation of ‘r’ in words like ‘card’ and ‘water’. It turns out that Brits in the 1600s, like modern-day Americans, largely pronounced all their Rs.

Why did British English become non-rhotic?

The loss of postvocalic /r/ in British English influenced southern and eastern American port cities with close connections to Britain, causing their upper-class pronunciation to become non-rhotic while the rest of the United States remained rhotic.

When did British people stop pronouncing r?

Since the beginning of the 20th century, the general standard in British English (except in Scotland) is for non-rhoticity. Any diversion from this tends to be registered by native speakers as vulgar or undesirable… just like “r-dropping” was considered vulgar in the mid-19th century.

Was Old English a rhotic?

It was definitely an alveolar trill [r] (or flap [ɾ]) at the syllable onset, as in, in prevocalic positions. However, in non-prevocalic positions (in positions where a non-rhotic speaker would elide /r/ today), it was probably an alveolar approximant [ɹ], like in Modern English.

Why is the American accent rhotic?

Eventually, this became standard for Received Pronunciation and spread throughout the country, affecting even the most popular British phrases. Americans kept their rhotic American accent—for the most part. Port cities on the East Coast, especially in New England, had a lot of contact with the R-less Brits.

Why do British say r after a?

The short answer is that the addition of an “r” sound at the end of a word like “soda” or “idea” is a regionalism and isn’t considered a mispronunciation. Here’s the story. In English words spelled with “r,” the consonant used to be fully pronounced everywhere.

Why did the British stop pronouncing r?

British English is non-rhotic. The letter “r” is not pronounced after vowels, unless it is also followed by a vowel. The letter r can indicate a change in the quality of the vowel that precedes it.

What accent did George Washington have?

Considering all of this and his farmer upbringing, it is safe to speculate that Washington’s natural accent was, as Morse portrays it, predominantly American with a detectable English influence.

Is Indian English rhotic?

Regarding the use of the alveolar approximant /r/, Standard Indian English Pronunciation equates RP in its being non-rhotic, which is a “prestige marker” in India (Sailaja, 2009: 19).

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