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Are you on “Team R” or on the “Non-rhoticity Team”?

Do you pronounce your Rs in English?

What’s the difference between Linking R, Intrusive R, and even Hyper-rhoticization?

There are accents in English that are Non-Rhotic, meaning they don’t pronounce the R unless it’s immediately followed by a vowel sound.

What accents of English are non-rhotic?

  • Most English accents in England
  • Accents in Australia
  • Almost all the accents of New Zealand
  • Most accents of South Africa
  • A few accents in North America as well (mostly on the East coast of the United States)

There’s even a kind of polarization occurring around Rs- either you do it or you don’t in order to sound more prestigious.

We also talk about:

  • Historical influences on Rs
  • How saying (or not saying) your Rs can be a status thing
  • Forbidden experiments
  • Slang and Urban Dictionary
  • Discrimination
  • Noticing people’s accents
  • Identity
  • Cults
  • Twin languages
  • the ‘Where are you from?’ problematic question


  • Mark’s own accent changes through time

Listen to this episode for more information about Rs in different English accents than meets the eye!

Listen to Episode 11 “Intrusive R in British Accents” on Captivate or watch on YouTube!




Bianca @ Accent Coach Bianca

I serve the world by empowering people to speak English with confidence in their accent. My enthusiasm results in people feeling like they fit in better socially, and getting better work opportunities.

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