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Rhotics, final and otherwise.

The question of what is a r- like sound, and what is not, is a thorny question in Tamil. Tamil possesses, besides the laterals l and l, some other sounds that are phonetically related, but because of variability and inconsistency in their pronunciation in some dialects, and because of some across-the-board changes in ST as compared to LT, this area is fraught with sociolinguistic complexity.I have tried to deal with this in my 1980 paper, ``The Tamil Liquids."

In LT, there was a contrast between three r-like consonants:



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