[ roh-tuh-siz-uhm ]
/ ˈroʊ təˌsɪz əm /
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Historical Linguistics. a change of a speech sound, especially (s), to (r), as in the change from Old Latin lases to Latin lares.
excessive use of the sound (r), its misarticulation, or the substitution of another sound for it.
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OTHER WORDS FROM rhotacismrho·ta·cis·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rhotacism
/ (ˈrəʊtəˌsɪzəm) /
excessive use or idiosyncratic pronunciation of r
Derived forms of rhotacismrhotacist, nounrhotacistic, adjective
Word Origin for rhotacism
C19: from New Latin rhōtacismus, from Greek rhōtakizein (verb) from the letter rho
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