Ray Brown wrote: > > Do those speakers who have [r\`] in syllable coda, use the same > approximant in onset position? In other words, do Merkans generally > pronounce /r/ in |car| the same as the /r/ in |rack|? Well, IMD, they're certainly felt to be the same phoneme. But the mouth position for the /r/ in "rack" feels more tense than for the /r/ in "car". I suspect the former is [r\] (of the "bunched" variety, as my tongue tip does not seem to curl back), while the latter is a glide to rhotacization of the preceding vowel (in this case, [kaa`_^]). However, in "roar" the articulation seems to be the same for both, so the initial [r\] may cause the final /r/ to be realized as [r\] due to some sort of sub-phonemic assimilation.