The process known as t-flapping or t-tapping, which results in such pronunciations as ˈæɾəm for atom and ˈmiːɾɪŋ for meeting is of course well-known in North American accents of English, and, I think, is becoming much more common in other accents. How many of you, I wonder, know of a similar home-grown British phenomenon that turns t into ɹ?
The pop singer and TV celeb Cilla Black, who comes from Liverpool, is well-known, in Britain at least, for the phrase “a lorra lorra laughs”. To my knowledge, the phenomenon occurs in Cheshire and Derbyshire as well as Liverpool, but I am not sure where else. I would be quite surprised if it didn’t occur in Staffordshire (Graham?). What environments it occurs in exactly I haven’t figured out. It certainly is more constrained than t-tapping. I can’t imagine it happening in atom and meeting for instance. Got a → ɡɒɹə seems fine to me, but I am dubious about got to undergoing the same transformation. And does it still happen a lot or is it dying out?
Any information gratefully received.