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On Greek rho.

Journal article
Authors Göran Kjellmer
Published in WORD
Volume 55
Issue 2
Pages 179-187
Publication year 2004
Published at Department of English
Pages 179-187
Language en
Keywords Greek, Portuguese, västgötska, front r, back r
Subject categories Germanic languages, Portuguese language, Classical Greek language


In Byzantine writings, the Greek letter rho, which represents the /r/ phoneme, regularly has an aspiration mark in word-initial position and when geminated. Because of closely parallel phenomena in such widely different languages as Brazilian Portuguese and Västergötland Swedish it is suggested as an explanation that the Greek /r/ phoneme had two allophones, a front (apical) one and a back (uvular or velar) one, the latter occurring when the phoneme is word-initial or long.

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