Why does Ukranian "х" correspond English "r"?
ear вухо
sear сухий
aldor вільха
their тих
deer дух?

  • Please try elaborating your questions. Your previous question has received several answers, and any answer to this question would essentially copy ideas from answers there. Should you expect for anything else, please express it in your question first. Commented Nov 18, 2020 at 14:16
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    Actually deer is олень.
    – vovchisko
    Commented Nov 20, 2020 at 11:13
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    @vovchisko compare Latin anima (breath) vs animal (animal)
    – prostorech
    Commented Nov 28, 2020 at 13:18
  • This kind of silly based on nothing similar spam questions should be illegal.
    – improbable
    Commented Dec 24, 2020 at 16:09

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There is no such a correspondence in the two languages.

There are hundreds of words ending with 'r' in English, which do not have 'х' in Ukrainian. For example:

  • driver - водій
  • teacher - вчитель
  • far - далеко
  • for - для
  • four - чотири
  • beer - пиво
  • bear - ведмідь
  • and so on...
    • It may appear to be not so simple. I don't know where Jack gets such pairs of words, but, in question #6393, it looked for many of us that there's no regularity, but, when we dived deeper, it appeared that the words (despite not being exact translations) are really cognates and the regularities exist; the same may appear here. (The difference between word pairs you specify and word pairs Jack specifies is that his word pairs are really cognates, for example both ear and вухо are from PIE *h₂ṓws, sear and сухий ← *h₂sews-, deer and дух ← *dʰews- (*dʰwes-).)
      – Sasha
      Commented Nov 18, 2020 at 14:10
    • @Sasha Absolutely agree. But it appears that the author asked about common tendency.
      – Petro K
      Commented Nov 18, 2020 at 16:40
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      @Sasha One of this feature is Rhotacism
      – prostorech
      Commented Nov 28, 2020 at 13:19
    • It's like asking "Why delivery word sounds like removing a liver from its place" ;)
      – vovchisko
      Commented Nov 29, 2020 at 15:39

    Rhotacism + iurk rule (Pedersen's law)

    • Welcome to Ukrainian Language.SE! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to back it with references to credible sources and/or academic research. Unbacked posts attract downvotes and disputes. Commented Mar 1, 2021 at 22:23
    • Thanks! It's sad that such answers (laconic but very informative) get negative reaction just due to their form. (It would be nice if you could extend it a bit, but I personally appreciate it very much in any case.)
      – Sasha
      Commented Mar 2, 2021 at 6:18

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