Resh: Modern Hebrew
(693 words)

In Israeli Hebrew the ususal articulation of ר /r/ is close to the voiced uvular fricative [ʁ] (see Bolozky 1978; 1997). Laufer (2008) points out that the rhotic sound group in Israeli Hebrew includes a range of phonetic realizations of ר /r/, of which the uvular approximant is the most common. This is also consistent with the findings of Bolozky and Kreitman (2007), where a wide array of realizations is reported, from a trill—sometimes accompanied by frication—to a full trill or a segment with no trilling at all, as in glides. However, an alveolar realization of ר /r/ also exists in some …

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Bolozky, Shmuel, “Resh: Modern Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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