pronunciation: rhotic 'r' before 'l' [Tongue makes a tapping sound?]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Messquito, Apr 9, 2015.

  1. Messquito

    Messquito Senior Member

    台灣台北 Taipei, Taiwan
    Chinese - Taiwan 中文 Taiwanese Hokkien 臺語
    Sometimes when ending the sound r (rhotic), I try to put my tongue back in position or ready it for the next sound and I would accidentally make a tapping sound when the downside of my tongue hit the area behind my lower teeth.
    Like when I say "your leg" quickly, I would accidentally make this sound right at the start of the sound /l/ in "leg".
    Is it normal? Because I can't help it.
    Sometimes I do this when pronouncing "girl", too.
  2. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I am a rhotic speaker.
    When saying "your leg" or "girl", the downside of my tongue does not approach the area behind my lower teeth between 'r' and 'l'.
    If you look at the animations for 'r' and 'l' at, you should be able to see how the tongue would move between one and the other.

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