Origin of rhotacismModern Latin rhotacismus from Medieval Greek rh?takizein, to make wrong use of the letter rh? + Classical Latin -ismus, -ism
- The change of a sound such as (s) or (z) to (r) in the history of a language, such as the change of Proto-Indo-European intervocalic s to r in Latin, resulting in alternations such as that seen between the singular noun genus, “kind, sort” and its plural, genera. Also called rhoticism .
- a. The inability to articulate the (r) sound as a rhotic consonant.b. The substitution of the (r) sound with another sound, such as (w), because of this inability.
- The articulation of a sound other than (r) as (r), especially the articulation of (z) as (r).
Origin of rhotacismGerman Rhotacismus from Byzantine Greek rhōtakismos excessive or erroneous use of the letter rho Greek rhō the letter rho ; see rho. Greek -takizein in iōtakizein to pronounce the letters eta and upsilon with the sound of iota ( iōta iota ) ( -izein verb suff. ) ( with inserted -k- from attikizein to speak Attic Greek ) ( and soloikizein to speak substandard Greek, make a solecism )
(countable and uncountable, plural rhotacisms)
From New Latin rhotacismus (“excessive or peculiar use of [r], especially the conversion of another sound (usually [s] or [z]) to [r]"), from Ancient Greek * á¿¥Ï‰Ï„Î±ÎºÎ¹ÏƒÎ¼ÏŒÏ‚, from á¿¥Ï‰Ï„Î±ÎºÎ¯Î¶Ï‰ (rhotakizÅ, “I incorrectly use rho"), from á¿¥á¿¶ (rhÅ, “rho (the Greek equivalent of r)")