Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Fri Feb 10 16:10:55 UTC 2006

Beijing Mandarin is noted for a strong  /r/ in word final position,
particularly among men.


>FWIW, a related phenomenon to Wilson's cousin's "hyperrhoticism" could be the
>same phenomenon that I've noticed in the English of an acquaintance
>of mine who
>I'd guess is a native speaker of Mandarin (from the fact that he
>graduated from
>Peking [sic] University).  He's been in the States several years and his
>English is pretty good, but he seems to have "hyperrhoticism" / 'intrusive r'
>at the end of all vowel-final words, as far as I can tell, no matter what the
>following context.  I know almost nothing of Mandarin, but what little I do
>know would lead me to think that this isn't a native-language-interference
>In this connection as well, I suppose we should also think about British
>'intrusive r', as in
>'India, Australia and Canada' > [Indiy@ rostrayliy@ r at n kaen at d@].
>I haven't thought seriously about how all these things could be
>related, as you
>can tell.  But is my acquaintance's "hyperrhoticism" is likely to be a literal
>hypercorrection based on observation of 'intrusive r' in some contexts?
>Damien Hall
>University of Pennsylvania
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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