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Not as you R: Adapting the French rhotic into Berber

Abstract : This article examines the adaptation of the French rhotic in Berber. In loanwords borrowed from French, the uvular fricative is systematically interpreted as a coronal tap, despite the fact that Berber has phonemic /ʁ/ and /χ/. It is argued that this phenomenon is determined by phonological rather than phonetic factors. It is shown that Tashlhiyt Berber speakers, including monolinguals, are able to identify the French r as a sonorant, based on their native phonology, where many co-occurrence restrictions are analyzed in terms of sonority-sensitive dependency relations between the most sonorous segment and its neighboring segments.
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Mohamed Lahrouchi. Not as you R: Adapting the French rhotic into Berber. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, Ubiquity Press, 2020, 5 (1), ⟨10.5334/gjgl.874⟩. ⟨halshs-02906144⟩

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