I have a very quick request, for you budding amateur phoneticians out there.
After yesterday’s conversation touched on Glasgow English, I looked for a few samples of this accent on YouTube. Glasgow is perhaps the only city in the English-speaking world whose accent I haven’t researched at least a little bit, so I was curious to see what makes it unique.
I found a rather interesting sample in this young man discussing crime in Glasgow:
There’s something unusual that happens with this speaker when ‘r’ occurs after a vowel (in words like “car,” “father,” etc). At first listen, the accent sounds non-rhotic (the r is dropped). But listening closer, I think ‘r’ in this position is “swallowed” in some way. And this only seems to occur after vowels.
Anybody have any thoughts as to what’s going on here? Or know of some relevant research?