Monday, October 13, 2008
It has recently come to my attention that the "r" in Afrikaans is not pronounced by all speakers as an alveolar trill. In fact, it has many variants. Some pronounce it as a dorsal, a uvular or velar fricative while others pronounce it as an approximant. The latter is similar to the "r" used in English. Thus, the "r" in Afrikaans has many variants just as the "r" in Dutch.