The phenomenon of r-linking is based on the fact that, by default, in Standard British English (though not in many other accents of English), /r/ in syllable final position is not pronounced, e.g. car /kɑ:/. R-linking takes place when a syllable ends with one of the following vowel sounds: /ɑ:/, /ɔ:/, /ɜ:/, /ə/, or any of the diphthongs that finish with a schwa, e.g. /eə/, /ɪə/ and /ʊə/, and the next syllable starts with any vowel sound. This may take place within single words, e.g.
or between word boundaries, e.g.
|Care about||/keər əbaʊt/|
Note that, while a letter 'r' often appears in the spelling of the vowel sounds listed above, this is not always the case. For example, a common orthographic realisation of /ɔ:/ is [aw], e.g. saw, draw, paw, similarly the schwa, /ə/ has spellings that don't include 'r', e.g. Australia, Austria. In these cases r-linking also takes place, even though there are those who would object to such pronunciations.
|Draw all the flowers||/drɔ:r ɔ:l ðə flaʊəz/|
|There's a comma after that||/ðəz ə kɒmər ɑ:ftə θæt/|
|Australia or New Zealand||/ɒsˈtreɪlɪər ɔ: nju: ˈzi:ln̩d/|
Here are some more examples:
|It's near enough||/ɪts nɪər ɪˈnʌf/|
|It's quite far away||/ɪts kwaɪt fɑ:r əˈweɪ/|
|The doctor agrees||/ðə dɒktər əˈgri:z/|
|There are three places||/ðər ə ˈθri: ˈpleɪsɪz/|
|There's a tour along the river||/ðəz ə tʊər əlɒŋ ðə ˈrɪvə/|
|It's made of fur and leather||/ɪts meɪd əv ˈfɜ:r ən ˈleðə/|
|Law and order||/lɔ:r ən ɔ:də/|
|The actor and playwright||/ðɪ ˈæktər ən ˈpleɪraɪt/|
|I can't hear anything||/aɪ kɑ:n hɪər enɪθɪŋ/|