[Spellyans] The sound of r

Christian Semmens christian.semmens at gmail.com
Wed Dec 11 15:47:24 GMT 2013


Whilst stumbling around the internet during a quiet few minutes, I came
upon someone recommending the KDL free language course. I hadn't been over
that fence for a while so I thought I'd have a listen to the audio.

I will make no further comment on it as I am no expert on ancient Cornish
sounds, I'll leave that for others (although I would be interested to hear
if anyone thinks those sounds have any merit in revived Cornish at all).

That took me on to the sounds of r in British and Irish dialects and,
although it will be no news to others, came across the "bunched r" or
"molar r" and was surprised to find that I used it too, particularly when
in Cornwall. Although it may well be the effect on my speech by having
moved up-country at an early age. It appears that this type of r sound is
fairly common in the US and Australia. For those of you who still have a
full-time Cornish accent (mine is oddly dependent upon which side of
Gordano services I am on), do you also use a bunched r sound or are your r
sounds the retroflex alveolar appoximant variety or a mix?

(I've never heard a Cornishman use an alveolar trill, unless he was
impersonating a Scotsman)

Christian
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