my granddaughter is working on vowels and they want her to lable each word by vccv how to you tell in the word distance
her - we go straight from /h/ into a prolonged American R sound shaped by the tongue yet emanating from the vocal cords
burn - same
fur - same
It seems to fit perfectly the definition and use of a vowel. Furthermore, in all international English R sounds, it functions as a semi-vowel just like /j/ and /w/. Doesn't it?