R-linking

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.

Care /keə/
Caring /keərɪŋ/

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/