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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhotacism#Disability

Disability (Abridged version)Edit

In medical contexts, rhotacism is the inability or difficulty in pronouncing the sound r. Thus, many speech pathologists call this problem de-rhotacization...

The rhotic sounds are usually the last ones a child masters. Some people never learn to produce them; they substitute other sounds... In English, the most common occurrence of this type is a pronunciation perceived as closer to [w]... This form of rhotacism has often been used in English-language media for comedic effect, since it evokes among English speakers a child-like way of pronouncing the letter R.

The Looney Tunes character Elmer Fudd is famous for the exaggerated r-labialization in his speech, as in, "Be vewy, vewy quiet; I'm hunting wabbits." The cartoon characters Homestar Runner and Tweety talk in much the same way... Other examples are Dance Moms' Jojo [JoJo] Siwa, King George VI, interviewer Barbara Walters, and actresses Kay Francis and Marlene Dietrich...


Disability (Full version)Edit

In medical contexts, rhotacism is the inability or difficulty in pronouncing the sound r. Thus, many speech pathologists call this problem de-rhotacization, because the sounds lose their rhotic quality rather than becoming rhotic.

Sounds are usually the last ones a child masters. Some people never learn to produce them; they substitute other sounds, such as the velar approximant, the uvular approximant, and the uvular trill (often called "French R"). In English, the most common occurrence of this type is a pronunciation perceived as closer to [w] (typically, though, actually the labiodental approximant [ʋ]), which is known as r-labialization. This form of rhotacism has often been used in English-language media for comedic effect, since it evokes among English speakers a child-like way of pronouncing the letter R.

The Looney Tunes character Elmer Fudd is famous for the exaggerated r-labialization in his speech, as in, "Be vewy, vewy quiet; I'm hunting wabbits." The cartoon characters Homestar Runner and Tweety talk in much the same way, and the comedian Gilda Radner spoofed Barbara Walters' speech problems in her recurring Saturday Night Live character "Baba Wawa". Another example is the depiction of Pontius Pilate in Monty Python's Life of Brian. In the Only Fools and Horses episode "Stage Fright," a singer's rhotacism is a central plot device. In popular culture, examples include Rick from The Young Ones, Barry Kripke (from The Big Bang Theory), Roy Hodgson, Edward Ka-Spel, Jonathan Ross, Matt Bellamy, Mark Owen, Brian Walden, David Zayas, Frank Muir, Sister Wendy Beckett, Lucy Worsley, Nick Heidfeld, the priest in The Princess Bride (portrayed by Peter Cook) and the UK politician Roy Jenkins. Other examples are Dance Moms' Jojo Siwa, King George VI, interviewer Barbara Walters, and actresses Kay Francis and Marlene Dietrich.

Rhotacism is more common among speakers of languages that have a trilled R,[citation needed] such as Swedish (except in the provinces of Skåne, Halland, Blekinge, Öland and southern Småland), Finnish, Italian, Polish, and Spanish. Many Quebec rural regional accents along the St. Lawrence corridor are characterized by rhotacism.

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