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2011-01-24 17:49, Matthew Boutilier skrev:
> does anybody have any natlang precedents for a reverse rhotacism, i.e. where
> some flavor of /r/ winds up as a [probably] voiced sibilant?
>
> i understand that there is some kind regional variation between [ɻ] and [ʐ]
> in (mandarin) chinese, but as i don't know the history of this variation i
> can't confirm that it's what i'm looking for.
>
> i would like some kind of /r/ in a proto-conlang to yield retroflex [ʐ], and
> i'd like some kind of justification for it.
>
> thank you!
>
> matt
>


There are quite a few languages which are said to have /z`/ for
/r/ or even former former [r], but there may be some use of the
/z`/ symbol for /r\`/ in older literature.

However there is one cut and dry case of [r] > [z],
namely French _chaise_ < _chaire_ < CATHEDRA.
It is said that the introduction of [R] in French
was a reaction against 'zetacism' in popular Parisian
speech.  This word is a leftover which failed to get
'corrected'.

/bpj