Guttural R is the phenomenon whereby a
rhotic consonant In phonetics, rhotic consonants, or "R-like" sounds, are liquid consonants that are traditionally represented orthography, orthographically by symbols derived from the Greek alphabet, Greek letter Rho (letter), rho, including R, , in the Latin ...
(an "R-like" sound) is produced in the back of the vocal tract (usually with the uvula) rather than in the front portion thereof and thus as a guttural consonant. Speakers of languages with guttural R typically regard guttural and coronal rhotics (throat-back-R and tongue-tip-R) to be alternative pronunciations of the same
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(conceptual sound), despite articulatory differences. Similar consonants are found in other parts of the world, but they often have little to no cultural association or interchangeability with coronal rhotics (such as , , and ) and are (perhaps) not rhotics at all. The guttural realization of a lone
rhotic consonant In phonetics, rhotic consonants, or "R-like" sounds, are liquid consonants that are traditionally represented orthography, orthographically by symbols derived from the Greek alphabet, Greek letter Rho (letter), rho, including R, , in the Latin ...
is typical in most of what is now
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, French-speaking
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, most of
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, large parts of the
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, the southern parts of
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and southwestern parts of
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; it is also frequent in
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, and among all French- and some German speakers in
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and also in eastern
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, including
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; as well as in
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and hence Ashkenazi Jews, Ashkenazi Hebrew language, Hebrew. German speakers who use the frontal-R now mainly live in the Alps or close by. Outside of central Europe, it also occurs as the normal pronunciation of one of two rhotic phonemes (usually replacing an older alveolar trill) in standard European Portuguese and in other parts of Portugal, particularly the Azores, various parts of Brazil, among minorities of other Portuguese-speaking regions, and in parts of Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Romance languages


The r letter in French was historically pronounced as a trill, as was the case in Latin and as is still the case in Italian and Spanish. In Northern France, including Paris, the alveolar trill was gradually replaced with the uvular trill during the end of the 18th century. Molière's ''Le Bourgeois gentilhomme'', published in 1670, has a professor describe the sound of as an alveolar trill (Act II, Scene IV). It has since evolved, in Paris, to a voiced uvular fricative, voiced uvular fricative or approximant . The alveolar trill was still the common sound of r in Southern France and in Quebec at the beginning of the 20th century, having been gradually replaced since then, due to Parisian influence, by the uvular pronunciation. The alveolar trill is now mostly associated, even in Southern France and in Quebec, with older speakers and rural settings. The alveolar trill is still used in French-singing in classical choral and opera.


Standard versions of Portuguese language, Portuguese have two rhotic phonemes, which contrast only between vowels. In older Portuguese, these were the alveolar flap (written ) and the alveolar trill (written ). In other positions, only is written in Modern Portuguese, but it can stand for either sound, depending on the exact position. The distribution of these sounds is mostly the same as in other Iberian languages, i.e.: * represents a trill when written between vowels; at the beginning of a word; or following , , , or . Examples: ''carro'', ''rua'', ''honrar'', ''Israel''. * represents a flap elsewhere, i.e. following a vowel or following any consonant other than , , , or . Examples: ''caro'', ''quatro'', ''quarto'', ''mar''. In the 19th century, the uvular trill penetrated the upper classes in the region of Lisbon in Portugal as the realization of the alveolar trill. By the 20th century, it had replaced the alveolar trill in most of the country's urban areas and started to give way to the voiced uvular fricative . Many Northern Portuguese, northern dialects, like Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Transmontano, Douro Litoral, Portuese (which is heard in parts of Aveiro, Portugal, Aveiro), Minho Province, Minhoto, and much of Beira Litoral Province, Beirão retain the alveolar trill. In the rural regions, the alveolar trill is still present, but because most of the country's population currently lives in or near the cities and owing to the mass media, the guttural is now dominant in Portugal. A common realization of the word-initial in the Lisbon accent is a voiced uvular fricative trill . The dialect of the fishermen of Setúbal used the voiced uvular fricative for all instances of "r" — word start, intervocalic, postconsonantal and syllable ending. This same pronunciation is attested in people with Rhotacism (speech impediment), rhotacism, in a new developing variety of young people in São Tomean Portuguese (Bouchard, 2017), and in non-native speakers of France, French or German origin. In Africa, the classical alveolar trill is mostly still dominant, due to separate development from European Portuguese. In Brazil, the normal pronunciation of is voiceless, either as a voiceless velar fricative , voiceless uvular fricative or a voiceless glottal fricative . In many dialects, this voiceless sound not only replaces all occurrences of the traditional trill, but is also used for all that is ''not'' followed by a vowel (i.e. when at the end of a syllable, which uses a flap in other dialects). The resulting distribution can be described as: *A flap only for single and only when it occurs either between vowels or between a preceding consonant (other than , , , or ) and a following vowel. Examples: ''caro'', ''quatro''. *A voiceless fricative or everywhere else: when written ; at the beginning of a word; at the end of a word; before a consonant; after , , , or . Examples: ''carro'', ''rua'', ''honrar'', ''Israel'', ''quarto'', ''mar''. In the three southernmost states, however, the alveolar trill remains frequent, and the distribution of trill and flap is as in Portugal. Some speakers use a guttural fricative instead of a trill, like the majority of Brazilians, but continue to use the flap before consonants (e.g. in ''quarto'') and between vowels (e.g. in caro). Among others, this includes many speakers in the city of São Paulo and some neighboring cities, though an alveolar approximant is also common, not only in the city, but the approximant is the dominant articulation in the São Paulo state, outside the capital, the most populous state in Brazil. The Caipira dialect, ''caipira'' dialect has the alveolar approximant in the same position. In areas where at the end of a word would be a voiceless fricative, the tendency in colloquial speech is to pronounce this sound very lightly, or omit it entirely. Some speakers may omit it entirely in verb infinitives (''amar'' "to love", ''comer'' "to eat", ''dormir'' "to sleep") but pronounce it lightly in some other words ending in (''mar'' "sea", ''mulher'' "woman", ''amor'' "love"). Speakers in Rio often resist this tendency, pronouncing a strong fricative or at the end of such words. The voiceless fricative may be partly or fully voiced if it occurs directly before a voiced sound, especially in its weakest form of , which is normally voiced to . For example, a speaker whose sounds like will often pronounce ''surdo'' "deaf" as or even , with a very slight epenthetic vowel that mimics the preceding vowel.


In most Spanish language, Spanish-speaking territories and regions, guttural or uvular realizations of are considered a speech defect. Generally the single flap , spelled ''r'' as in ''cara'', undergoes no defective pronunciations, but the alveolar trill in ''rata'' or ''perro'' is one of the last sounds learned by children and uvularization is likely among individuals who fail to achieve the alveolar articulation. This said, back variants for (, or ) are widespread in rural Puerto Rican Spanish and in the dialect of Ponce, Puerto Rico, Ponce, whereas they are heavily stigmatized in the dialect of the capital. To a lesser extent, velar variants of are found in some rural Cuban (Yatera, Guantánamo Province) and Dominican vernaculars (El Cibao, eastern rural regions of the country) In the 1937 parsley massacre, Dominican troops attacked Haitians in Cibao and the northeastern frontier. The popular name of the massacre comes from the shibboleth applied to distinguish Dominicans from Haitians: the suspects were ordered to name some parsley ( es, perejil). If they used a French or Haitian Creole pronunciation for or , they would be executed. In the #Basque, Basque-speaking areas of Spain, the uvular articulation has a higher prevalence among bilinguals than among Spanish monolinguals.


Guttural realization of is mostly considered a speech defect in Italian language, Italian (cf. :it:Rotacismo (medicina), rotacismo), but the so-called ''r moscia'' ('limp' or 'lifeless ''r, an umbrella term for realizations of /r/ considered defective), which is sometimes uvular, is quite common in some northern areas, such as Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna.


As with all other Romance languages, the alveolar trill is the original way to pronounce the letter r in Occitan, as it was in Latin. Nowadays, the uvular trill and the Voiced uvular fricative, voiced uvular fricative or approximant are common in some Occitan dialects (Provence, Auvergne, Alps, Limousin). The dialects of Languedoc and Gascony also have these realizations, but it is generally considered to be influence from French and therefore rejected from the standard versions of these dialects.


Breton language, Breton, spoken in Brittany (France), is a Celtic language, Celtic rather than Romance language, but is heavily influenced by French. It retains an alveolar trill in some dialects, like in Finistère, Léon and Morbihan, but most dialects now have the same rhotic as French, .

Continental West Germanic

The uvular rhotic is most common in Central German dialects and in Standard German. Many Low Franconian, Low Saxon languages, Low Saxon, and Upper German varieties have also adopted it with others maintaining the alveolar trill (). The development of uvular rhotics in these regions is not entirely understood, but a common theory is that these languages have done so because of French Language, French influence, though the reason for uvular rhotics in modern European French itself is not well understood (see above). The Frisian languages usually retain an alveolar rhotic.

Dutch and Afrikaans

In modern Dutch language, Dutch, quite a few different rhotic sounds are used. In
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, the usual rhotic is an alveolar trill, but the uvular rhotic does occur, mostly in the province of Limburg (Belgium), Limburg, in Ghent and in Brussels. In the
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, the uvular rhotic is the dominant rhotic in the southern provinces of North Brabant, Noord-Brabant and Limburg (Netherlands), Limburg, having become so in the early twentieth century. In the rest of the country, the situation is more complicated. The uvular rhotic is dominant in the western agglomeration Randstad, including cities like Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht (city), Utrecht (the dialect of Amsterdam conversely tends to use an alveolar rhotic, but the uvular is becoming increasingly common). The uvular rhotic is also used in some major cities such as Leeuwarden (Stadsfries). Outside of these uvular rhotic core areas, the alveolar trill is common. People learning Dutch as a foreign language also tend to use the alveolar trill because it contrasts better with the voiceless velar fricative in Dutch. The Afrikaans language of South Africa also uses an alveolar trill for its rhotic, except in the non-urban rural regions around Cape Town, chiefly in the town of Malmesbury, Western Cape, where it is uvular (called a bry). Some Afrikaans speakers from other areas also bry, either as a result of ancestry from the Malmesbury region or from difficulty pronouncing the alveolar trill.

Low Saxon

In the Dutch Low Saxon area there are a couple of cities which have the uvular rhotic. These cities are Steenwijk, Kampen, Overijssel, Kampen, Zwolle and Deventer. In IJsselmuiden near Kampen the uvular r can also be heard. In the countryside the alveolar trill is common.

Standard German

Although the first standardized pronunciation dictionary by Theodor Siebs prescribed an alveolar pronunciation, most varieties of German language, Standard German are now spoken with a uvular rhotic, usually a fricative or approximant , rather than a trill . The alveolar pronunciation is used in some standard German varieties of German-speaking Europe, now especially in the south. The sound remains more common in classical singing on the one hand, and in non-standard varieties on the other. Chiefly in Central German, however, even the broadest rural dialects use a uvular R. Regardless of whether a uvular or an alveolar pronunciation is used, German post-vocalic "r" is typically vocalized to , , or a simple lengthening . This is most common in the syllable coda, as in non-rhotic, non-rhotic English, but often occurs before an underlying schwa, too. Vocalization of "r" is rare only in Alemannic German, Alemannic and Swabian German, Swabian German.


The distinction between uvular versus alveolar R in High German languages, high and low German speech varieties also historically influenced the development of upper and lower Yiddish dialects, dialects of Yiddish, the historic vernacular language of Ashkenazi Jews. As these Jews migrated to Eastern Europe (and later America etc.), they brought their particular pronunciations with them.

Insular West Germanic


Speakers of the traditional English dialect of Northumberland and northern County Durham use a uvular rhotic, known as the "Northumbrian Burr". However, it is no longer used by most contemporary speakers, who generally realize as an alveolar and postalveolar approximants, alveolar approximant, , in common with other varieties spoken in the English-speaking world. The Hiberno-English of northeastern Leinster in Ireland also uses a uvular .

North Germanic

alveolar consonant, Alveolar rhotics predominate in northern Scandinavia. Where they occur, they affect the succeeding alveolars, turning the clusters and , , , retroflex: . Thus the Norwegian word "norsk" is pronounced by speakers with an alveolar flap. This effect is rare in the speech of those using a uvular R ().

Danish and Swedish

The rhotic used in
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is a voiced uvular approximant, and the nearby Swedish ex-Danish regions of Scania, Blekinge, southern Halland as well as a large part of Småland and on the Öland island, use a uvular trill or a Voiced uvular fricative, uvular fricative. To some extent in Östergötland and still quite commonly in Västergötland, a mixture of guttural and rolling rhotic consonants is used, with the pronunciation depending on the position in the word, the stress of the syllable and in some varieties depending on whether the consonant is gemination, geminated. The pronunciation remains if a word that is pronounced with a particular rhotic consonant is put into a compound word in a position where that realization would not otherwise occur if it were part of the same stem as the preceding sound. However, in Östergötland the pronunciation tends to gravitate more towards and in Västergötland the realization is commonly voiced. Common from the time of Gustav III (Swedish king 1771-1792), who was much inspired by France, French culture and language, was the use of guttural R in the nobility and in the upper classes of Stockholm. This phenomenon vanished in the 1900s. The last well-known non-Southerner who spoke with a guttural R, and didn't have a speech defect, was Anders Gernandt (equestrian), Anders Gernandt, a popular equitation commentator on TV.


Most of Norway uses an alveolar flap, but about one third of the inhabitants of Norway, primarily in the South-West region, are now using the uvular rhotic. In the western and southern part of South Norway, the uvular rhotic is still spreading and includes all towns and coastal areas of Agder, most of Rogaland, large parts of Hordaland, and Sogn og Fjordane in and around Florø. The origin was the city of Bergen, Norway, Bergen as well as Kristiansand in the 18th century. Because retroflex consonants are mutations of and other alveolar or dental consonants, the use of a uvular rhotic means an absence of most retroflex consonants.


While the use of an alveolar trill or flap is generalized among speakers of Icelandic, a uvular rhotic is a fairly common pronunciation variant in the language, although it is usually frowned upon as defective pronunciation and compared to stammering and other similar speech disorders.

Slavic languages

In Slavic languages, the alveolar trill predominates, with the use of guttural rhotics seen as defective pronunciation. However, the uvular trill is common among the languages of the Sorbian language, Sorbian minority in Saxony, eastern Germany, likely due to German influence. The uvular rhotic may also be found in a small minority in Silesia and other German-influenced regions of Poland and also Slovenia, but is overall quite rare even in these regions. It can also be perceived as an ethnic marker of Jewishness, particularly in Russian language, Russian where Ashkenazi Jews, Eastern European Jews often carried the uvular rhotic from their native
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into their pronunciation of Russian.

Semitic languages


In Hebrew language, Hebrew, the classical pronunciation associated with the consonant ' () was tapped , and was grammar, grammatically treated as an gemination, ungeminable phoneme of the language. In most dialects of Hebrew among the Jewish diaspora, it remained a tap or a trill . However, in some Ashkenazi dialects as preserved among Jews in northern Europe it was a uvular rhotic, either a trill or a fricative . This was because many (but not all) native dialects of
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were spoken that way, and their liturgical Hebrew carried the same pronunciation. Some Iraqi Jews also pronounce ' as a guttural , reflecting Baghdad Arabic (Jewish), their dialect of Arabic. An apparently unrelated uvular rhotic is believed to have appeared in the Tiberian vocalization of Hebrew, where it is believed to have coexisted with additional non-guttural, emphatic articulations of depending on circumstances.

Yiddish influence

Although an Ashkenazi Jew in the Russian Empire, the Zionism, Zionist Eliezer Ben-Yehuda based his Standard Hebrew on Sephardi Hebrew, originally spoken in Spain, and therefore recommended an alveolar . However, just like him, the first waves of Jews to resettle in the Holy Land were Ashkenazi, and Standard Hebrew would come to be spoken with their native pronunciation. Consequently, by now nearly all Israeli Jews pronounce the consonant ''rêš'' () as a unique uvular approximant , specifically , which also exists in Yiddish. The alveolar rhotic is still used today in some formal speech, such as radio news broadcasts, and in the past was widely used in television and singing.

Sephardic Hebrew

Many Jewish immigrants to Israel spoke a varieties of Arabic, variety of Arabic in their countries of origin and pronounced the Hebrew rhotic as an alveolar tap , similar to Arabic ' (). Gradually, many of them began pronouncing their Hebrew rhotic as a voiced uvular fricative , a sound similar or (depending on the Arabic dialect) identical to Arabic ' (). However, in modern Sephardic Jews, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, Mizrahi poetry and folk music an alveolar rhotic continues to be used.


While most varieties of Arabic, dialects of Arabic retain the classical pronunciation of () as an alveolar trill or alveolar tap, tap , a few dialects use a uvular trill . These include: * The Tigris dialects, a group among the Qǝltu dialects in Iraq, for instance in Mosul * The Baghdad Arabic (Jewish), Jewish and Christian dialects in Baghdad * The Judeo-Arabic languages, Jewish dialect in Algiers * The dialect of Jijel in Algeria * Some Muslim-urban dialects of Morocco (e.g. in Fez, Morocco, Fes) * Some Judeo-Arabic languages, Jewish dialects in Morocco. The uvular was attested already in vernacular Arabic of the Abbasid period. Nowadays Christian Arabic of Baghdad exhibits also an alveolar trill in very few lexemes, but primarily used in loanwords from Modern Standard Arabic. Native words with an alveolar trill are rare. Moreover, Mosul Arabic commonly has the voiced alveolar trill instead of a uvular fricative in numbers (e.g. "forty"). Although this guttural rhotic is rare in Arabic, uvular and velar sounds are common in this language. The uvular or velar fricative ~ is a common standard pronunciation of the letter ' (), and the uvular plosive is a standard pronunciation of the letter ' ().


In Amharic the alveolar trill is the usual pronunciation of . But there are also assertions that around Addis Abeba some dialects exhibit a uvular r. Note that this information is not very well supported among Semitists. Also in Gafat language, Gafat (extinct since the 1950s) a uvular fricative or trill might have existed.


The majority of Assyriologists deem an alveolar trill or tap the most likely pronunciation of Akkadian in most dialects. However, there are several indications toward a velar or uvular fricative ~ particularly supported by John Huehnergard. The main arguments constitute alternations with the voiceless uvular fricative (e.g. ''ruššû/ḫuššû'' "red"; ''barmātu'' "multicolored" (fem. pl.), the spelling ''ba-aḫ-ma-a-tù'' is attested). Besides shows certain phonological parallelisms with and other gutturals (especially the glottal stop ).


Malay dialects

Guttural R exists among several Malay dialects. While standard Malay commonly uses coronal r (,,), the guttural fricative (~) are more prominently used in many dialects in Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia as well as some parts of Sumatra and East Kalimantan. These dialects include: * Pahang Malay * Kedah Malay * Kelantan-Pattani Malay * Negeri Sembilan Malay * Sarawak Malay * Terengganu Malay * Perak Malay * Aceh Tamiang Regency, Tamiang Malay * Pontianak Malay * Musi language, Palembang Malay ~ Perak Malay and Kedah Malay are the most notable examples. These dialects mainly use the guttural fricative (~) for both /r/ and /gh/. Standard Malay includes both coronal r (,,) and voiced guttural fricative /gh/ (~) as two different phonemes. To denote the guttural r in the dialects, the letter "r" is often replaced by "gh" or "q" in informal writing . Standard Malay words with voiced velar fricative (), such as ''loghat'' (dialect) and ''ghaib'' (invisible, mystical) are mostly Arabic loanwords spelled in their origin language with the letter غ.

Other Austronesian languages

Other Austronesian languages with similar features are: * Acehnese language, Acehnese * Alas-Kluet language, Alas-Kluet * Cham language, Cham * Minangkabau language, Minangkabau (closely related to Malay that it might be dialects of the same language) * Lampung language, Lampung * Paiwan language#Phonology, Southern Paiwan

Other language families


Standard Basque uses a trill for (written as ''r-'', ''-rr-'', ''-r''), but most speakers of the Lapurdian and Low Navarrese dialects use a voiced uvular fricative as in French. In the Southern Basque Country, the uvular articulation is seen as a speech defect, but the prevalence is higher among bilinguals than among Spanish monolinguals. Recently, speakers of Lapurdian and Low Navarrese are uvularizing the Flap consonant, tap (''-r-'') as well, thus neutralizing both rhotics.''Grammar of Basque''
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Whereas standard Khmer language, Khmer uses an alveolar trill for , the colloquial Phnom Penh dialect uses a uvular pronunciation for the phoneme, which may be elided and leave behind a residual tonal or register contrast.


Sotho language, Sesotho originally used an alveolar trill , which has shifted to uvular in modern times.

Rhotic-agnostic guttural consonants written as rhotics

There are languages where certain indigenous guttural consonants came to be written with symbols used in other languages to represent rhotics, thereby giving the superficial appearance of a guttural R without actually functioning as true rhotic consonant, rhotic consonants.

Inuit languages

The Inuit languages Greenlandic language, Greenlandic and Inuktitut either Latin alphabet, orthographize or Inuktitut syllabics, transliterate their voiced consonant, voiced uvular obstruent consonant, obstruent as . In Greenlandic, this phoneme is , while in Inuktitut it is . This spelling was convenient because these languages do not have non-lateral consonant, lateral liquid consonants, and guttural realizations of are common in various languages, particularly the colonial languages Danish language, Danish and French language, French. But the Alaskan Inupiat language writes its phoneme instead as , reserving for its retroflex consonant, retroflex phoneme, which Greenlandic and Inuktitut do not have.

See also

* R * Glottal consonant * Uvular consonant * Rhotic consonant



Works cited

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External links

Unicode reference for IPA

Article on the pronunciation of R in French
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