Rhotic (definition)

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Rhotic sounds are liquid [r]-like sounds whose production forces air to pass over the middle of the tongue.

Most dialects of Gaelic have at least two contrasting rhotics: [r] and [r']. [R] is a uvular sound that has rhotic qualities as well.

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  • Ladefoged, D. (2010) A Course in Phonetics. 6th Edition. Wadsworth Publishing.