Some speakers of Ute (Uto-Aztecan) have a heavily rhotacized realization of [ø]. Pronunciations range from [ø] to [ø˞] to [ɹ̩]. For example, the word pö'öi 'write' can be pronounced [pøˈʔøi] / [pø˞ˈʔø˞i] / [pɹ̩ˈʔɹ̩i]. I have examples of all of these pronunciations in my field recordings. I believe Serrano has a whole set of rhotacized vowels, but I'm not sure where they came from. Serrano is a Uto-Aztecan language of the Takic branch; Takic historical phonology is very complicated, and it's outside my immediate area of expertise. Dirk On Sat, Jun 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM, Eric Christopherson <[log in to unmask]>wrote: > There are several languages where syllable-final rhotics have developed > into vowel-like sounds and sometimes dropped out, e.g. English and German. > Does it ever happen that vowels develop into rhotics? > > I am thinking of "rhotic" as a really broad group, including things that > actually are vowels/approximant like the *pre*vocalic resonant in English; > but I'm especially interested in development of vowels > vowel-like rhotics > > rhotic taps, flaps, trills, etc.