Journal of the International Phonetic Association

On Rs, rhotacism and paleophony

J. C. Catford a1
a1 Department of Linguistics, University of Michigan


In his R-tickle, William Barry (Barry 1997: 35) invites others who may have pondered along similar lines ‘to offer additional complementary or alternative views’. In somewhat belatedly accepting his invitation, I would like to make some remarks on trills, on ‘molar r’, and on rhotacism, followed by some thoughts on the question of the historical primacy of trill, at least within Indo-European.