Meaning of linking r

linking r

Pronunciation: (fä), [key]
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  1. the r-sound as reintroduced into an utterance where there is an r in the spelling by speakers of an r-dropping dialect when a postvocalic r they would normally drop, as in the pronunciation of far asbecomes intervocalic, as in far away pronounced as
  2. Also calledthe r-sound as inserted analogously by speakers of an r-dropping dialect between vowels where there is no corresponding r in the spelling, as in the pronunciation of Cuba is as
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