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    Default Place of articulation (w,r)

    Hi


    Please, what is the place of articulation of the sounds /w/ and /r/?

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    Default Re: Place of articulation (w,r)

    /w/ is a labio-velar approximant/semi-vowel. The lips are rounded and the tongue is in the position for a back close mid / close vowel.

    The pronunciation of the approximant /r/varies considerably. in BrE RP, it is a post-alveolar approximant, IPA [ɹ]. It may also be rendered as an alveolar tap [ɾ]; in other vaieties it can be a lingual trill [r], an uvular trill [ʀ] or an uvular fricative ]. It can also be [ʈ], aimilar to [ɹ], but with more reroflexion.

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    Default Re: Place of articulation (w,r)

    Thanks a lot.

    I have some questions if you don't mind.
    I am interested in RP.


    1.Is the word approximant just another word for semi-vowel?

    2.Is this description correct for the sound /w/ in RP? /w/ voiced labio-velar approximant


    3. Is this description of the sound /r/ correct in RP? /r/ voiced post-alveolar approximant

    4. Is it correct to label the sound /r/ in RP rolled instead of approximant?

    5. Do we have just one post-alveolar sound(r) and just one labio-velar(w) sound in RP?

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    Default Re: Place of articulation (w,r)

    1.Is the word approximant just another word for semi-vowel?
    Yes


    2.Is this description correct for the sound /w/ in RP? /w/ voiced labio-velar approximant. Forget the 'voiced'. It can be at least partly devoiced after /t,k/, as in twin, quin, sqeeze.

    3. Is this description of the sound /r/ correct in RP? /r/ voiced post-alveolar approximant Forget the 'voiced'; It's usually fully devoiced after voiceless plosive, as in pray, trend.

    4. Is it correct to label the sound /r/ in RP rolled instead of approximant?
    No. The approximant /r/ may be rolled/trilled in RP in oratory, (and it often is in some varieties if Scottish English), but it is not usually trilled in RP

    5. Do we have just one post-alveolar sound(r) and just one labio-velar(w) sound in RP?
    /ʃ/ and /ʒ/ are post-alveolar fricatives
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