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Spricht man das 'r' in “Verlust”?

Bei der Aussprache des Wortes "Verlust", spricht man das 'r'? Und auch wenn ja, tut man es immer, oder darf/will man es manchmal (zum Beispiel, wenn schnell gesprochen wird) auslassen?
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Softer vs. harder sounding consonants

I've been studying German using an app as a hobby for some time. Recently I've added Rosetta Stone to my learning as well. It uses multiple people (I assume native speakers) unlike my previous app, ...
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What is “Stotterlaut” in the phonetics?

What is "Stotterlaut"? Is this term used in the phonetics? If so, what sound exactly does it indicate? I guess that it might belong to one of the plosive or affricate sounds from the context,...
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orthography: voiced sonorant after short vowel, “dusselig”

For the unvoiced sonorant /s/ we have either of both: ß marking /s/ after long vowels "Fuß", "in maßen" double-s to mark /s/ after short vowels "Fluss", "in Massen" Whereas for the voiced ...
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What is the linguistic necessity for the letter 'ß' in German that can't be expressed with 'ss'?

For a long time Germany has been playing around with the letters 'ss' which are sometimes, but not always, written as a separate letter ß. This letter has undergone some changes but even after modern ...
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Why are some words spelled with “tz” if “z” already has the “ts” sound?

I’ve never quite understood why some German words have tz, since the t doesn’t seem to provide any help in pronunciation as the sound it represents is already included in z. My recent exposure is due ...
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What are the pronunciation rules for the consonant d?

I know that the consonant d undergoes devoicing at the end of a word or a morpheme. This makes it sound exactly like /t/. But what I would like to know from you folks especially are the general rules ...
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Does Pre-Glottalisation Occur with Voiceless Stops at Syllable Coda?

By voiceless stops I mean the following consonants: /p/ /k/ /t/ In the English way of pronunciation, these consonants, when occurring as the first segment in the coda, are articulated with a ...
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Are “Rad” and “Rat” seriously pronounced in the same way?

Are Rad and Rat seriously pronounced in the same way? I’ve recently read that both Rad and Rat are pronounced in the same way as /rat/. Basically in both cases the end letter is a /t/. Is it really ...
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Gibt es Erbwörter mit „pf“ oder „ff“?

Wenn man die Laute/Lautkombinationen pf und ff des Deutschen sprachgeschichtlich zurückverfolgt, stößt man auf folgende Lautentwicklung: Das indogermanische *b entwickelt sich beim Übergang zum ...
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Gibt es ein Minimalpaar für die beiden deutschen ch-Laute (ç und χ)?

Ich suche (aus reiner Neugierde) zwei deutsche Worte, deren Aussprache sich nur durch einen Austausch der folgenden beiden Laute unterscheidet: [χ] – ch wie in Bach, Buch, doch [ç] – ch wie in ich, ...
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About the German sound of “R” as in “mehr”

As I already knew, "R" in German is pronounced as "R" in French, and "er" in "Bruder" is pronounced approximately as "Brude" without "R"... but the "r" in "mehr" is not pronounced as "R" in French, ...
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Double consonants in German

Are there double consonants in German that differentiate between words? Like in Italian where for example, "casa" means house and "cassa" means box. This question is related to the question "Is ...
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Is there a difference in pronunciation between “ist” and “isst”?

Is there a difference in pronunciation between "ist" -be (3p. sing) and "isst" -eat (3p. sing)? EDIT: I posted the second part as an independent question
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How to know if a beginning 'v' is pronounced /f/ or /v/?

A 'v' in the beginning of a word can be pronounced in one of two ways: /f/: Vater, verrückt, vier, Vogel. /v/: Vanille, Verb, Villa, Vokal, vulgär. My question: Is there a way to know how a word ...
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When is the last sound of a syllable unvoiced?

It is very common to unvoice consonant sounds appearing last in a word. die Hand -- /hant/ -- d → /t/ der Tag -- /taːk/ -- g → /k/ der Staub -- /ʃtaʊp/ -- b → /p/ This sometimes happens with ...