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----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Bates" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 2:45 PM
Subject: Rs


> Why does english not use any r sound after a vowel? I mean, r can only
> occur if it is followed by another vowel, "or", "ar" "er" "ur" etc
> normally represent long vowel sounds, and "ir" represents two vowel
> sounds if i'm not confused. It just seems strange... and its slightly
> irritating since I'm trying to learn spanish and I find myself utterly
> incapable of pronouncing a spanish trilled r, or of using an english one
> to replace it all the time (since spanish has rs occuring at the end of
> words and when not followed by a vowel).
>

This is only true in English English. Most dialects of American English have
r in all places.  However, in England, we got rid of them, which really
makes it sound nicer, IMO.