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1Linguistics. The changing of another sound, especially the phoneme/s/, into the phoneme/r/, and thus often also the changing of the spelling.
2Unusual pronunciation or pronounced production of the phoneme/r/ as a phonological characteristic or speech defect; specifically the use of the burr or uvular r.
Mid 19th century. From German Rhotacismus from Byzantine Greek ῥωτακίζειν + German -ismus.
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