The Beijing "R"???
I got my first Chinese dictionary ABC Dictionary by DeFrancis and it talks about the "erization" of the Beijing dialect. It says "Since erization is largely restricted ot the Beijing dialect, we place the "r" in parentheses. For example, gēpiān(r) 歌片(儿).
So what is this, just a heavy, back-of-the-throat "r" sound similar to when the British say America(r) or Linda(r)?
I've never been to Beijing, so if anyone can help me out here, it would be greately appreciated.