Re: Hindi: "Rolled" R's
Cilqui, can you explain what you mean by this? Certainly the Urdu ra is no different from from the Arabic ra as far as we are concerned! In Hindi too the <r> sound is distinct.
Originally Posted by Cilquiestsuens
Actually, I can't quite recall any common Hindi-Urdu words at present where the <r> would be noticeably different. We do pronounce it distinctly, e.g. it is par (on / upon or wing); sar / sir (head). Same for xaraab (bad /off etc.); xaarish / xaraash (itching / itch) and xarraaTaa خَرّاٹا ख़र्राटा (खर्राटा) - Birdcall's example. In the latter of course the <r> sound is highly accentuated as it is doubled.
I've always heard and pronounced jaaduugar as so, i.e. with an ar and never an al. The latter is heard only with a speech defect in adults we call tutlaanaa تُتْلانا!
Children inevitably have trouble distinguishing between <re ر > and <laam ل > and other sounds (e.g. as also between <re ر > and <Re ڑ >; <te ت > and < Te ٹ > etc.)
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