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In all Germanic languages, weakening or even deletion of r is possible. In Frisian, r-deletion before consonants is even rather common. Since about 1900, r-deletion in Frisian has often been discussed in linguistic literature, but a complete picture of this phenomenon is still lacking. The aim of this article is to present a complete description of r-deletion in Frisian at the end of morphemes in derivations as well as in compounds. Taking as point of departure our own pronunciation of Frisian, we will describe the realisation of r in different linguistic environments: before inflectional and derivational suffixes, at the end of prefixes and at the end of the first part of compounds. Every individual realisation will be compared with those given in relevant linguistic literature. We will conclude with a sketch of a pattern of r-deletion, which turns out to be obligatory if there is no syllable boundary after r and optional before a syllable boundary. Moreover, r-deletion is more predictable after a long vowel than after a short one. The exceptions to the rule will be discussed at the end of the conclusion.
Original languageFrisian
Pages (from-to)44-59
Number of pages15
JournalUs Wurk. Tydskrift foar frisistyk
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2011

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