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The deletion of postvocalic /r/ is a wide-spread phenomenon in Frisian. It occurs in a vast range of contexts: simplex words, derived words, the left-hand member of compounds, and the left-hand member of pairs of words which end up as adjacent in syntax. An interesting aspect of /r/-deletion is that in each of these contexts it is conditioned by a different mix of factors. This nicely illustrates the tendency that the widening of the domain of a process keeps pace with a relaxation of the conditioning factors. /r/-deletion is the topic of this section.