rhotacistic

rhotacism

[roh-tuh-siz-uhm]
noun
1.
Historical Linguistics. a change of a speech sound, especially (s), to (r), as in the change from Old Latin lases to Latin lares.
2.
excessive use of the sound (r), its misarticulation, or the substitution of another sound for it.

Origin:
1825–35; < Greek rhô rho + (io)tacism

rhotacistic, adjective
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rhotacism (ˈrəʊtəˌsɪzəm)
 
n
excessive use or idiosyncratic pronunciation of r
 
[C19: from New Latin rhōtacismus, from Greek rhōtakizein (verb) from the letter rho]
 
'rhotacist
 
n
 
rhota'cistic
 
adj

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rhotacism
1834, from Mod.L. rhotacismus, from Gk. rhotakizein, from rho "the letter -r-," from Heb. or Phoenician roth. Excessive or peculiar use of the -r- sound (cf. the "burr"), especially the conversion of another sound (usually -s-) to -r-.
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