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.


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.