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
- Noticing people’s accents
- 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!