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 I think that it is more reasonable to note it as a syllabic consonant that
occurs *only* as a syllable nucleus. Also, I think some english words have
no vowels, like
bird, or my last name, turnbull (the way I say it, and _I_ can't see a vowel
on the spectrogram).
turnbull ~ [tr\=mbl=]

On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 5:57 PM, Linvi Charles <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Would it be reasonable to declare that <r> corresponds to the rhotic vowel
> (or at least approximant or something) only (excluding its use as a
> consonant)?
>
> For example:
>
> "mrdr" would sound like "murder"
> "drt" would sound like "dirt"
> "lrn" would sound like "learn"
>