linking r

noun Phonetics.
the r- sound as reintroduced into an utterance where there is an r in the spelling by speakers of an r- dropping dialect when a postvocalic r they would normally drop, as in the pronunciation of far as [fah] becomes intervocalic, as in far away pronounced as [fahr-uh-wey] .
Also called intrusive r. the r- sound as inserted analogously by speakers of an r- dropping dialect between vowels where there is no corresponding r in the spelling, as in the pronunciation of Cuba is as [kyoo-buh-riz] .

1945–50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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