Rhotacism Rho"ta*cism, n. [Gr. "rwtaki`zein to use the letter r ([rho]) overmuch: cf. F. rhotacisme.] An oversounding, or a misuse, of the letter r; specifically (Phylol.), the tendency, exhibited in the Indo-European languages, to change s to r, as wese to were. [1913 Webster]

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  • Rhotacism — may refer to several phenomena related to the usage of the consonant r (whether as an alveolar tap, alveolar trill, or the rarer uvular trill).*the excessive or idiosyncratic use of the r ; *conversely, the inability or difficulty in pronouncing… …   Wikipedia

  • rhotacism — 1830, from Mod.L. rhotacismus, from Gk. rhotakizein, from rho the letter r , from Hebrew or Phoenician roth. Excessive or peculiar use of the r sound (Cf. the burr ), especially the conversion of another sound (usually s ) to r …   Etymology dictionary

  • rhotacism — [rōt′ə siz΄əm] n. [ModL rhotacismus < MGr rhōtakizein, to make wrong use of the letter rhō + L ismus, ISM] the change of a sound, esp. (s) or (z), to the sound (r) …   English World dictionary

  • rhotacism — noun a) An exaggerated use of the sound of the letter R. But Im hungwy. A pathetic little girls rhotacismus. b) A linguistic phenomenon in which a consonant changes into an R, such as Latin flos becoming florem in the accusative case. For example …   Wiktionary

  • rhotacism — См. rotacismo …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • rhotacism — rhotacistic, adj. /roh teuh siz euhm/, n. 1. Historical Ling. a change of a speech sound, esp. /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… …   Universalium

  • rhotacism — Mispronunciation of the “r” sound. [G. rho, the letter r] * * * rho·ta·cism rōt ə .siz əm n a defective pronunciation of r esp substitution of some other sound for that of r * * * rho·ta·cism (roґtə sizm) a speech disorder consisting of… …   Medical dictionary

  • rhotacism — n. incorrect pronunciation or misuse of the letter ¨r¨ …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rhotacism — rho·ta·cism …   English syllables

  • rhotacism — /ˈroʊtəsɪzəm/ (say rohtuhsizuhm) noun the defective pronunciation of r, excessive trilling, or some other pronunciational peculiarity. {New Latin rhōtacismus, from Greek rhōtakizein use rhō (sound or letter) to excess} …   Australian English dictionary

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