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By Glanville Price

On the way to communicate French because it is spoken via native-speakers, one wishes not just to listen to the language, yet to grasp what to pay attention for. This complete and obtainable consultant to present French pronunciation fulfils accurately this want.

The first 3 chapters define the book's goals, point and scope, in addition to the overall rules of French phonetics. the writer additionally signals the reader to local diversifications within the pronunciation of French. He then turns to specifics, together with vowels, semi-consonants and consonants, offering the reader with the fundamental wisdom had to comprehend later chapters which debate those components of speech at larger size. Interspersed are different chapters overlaying such very important features of French pronunciation as rhythmic teams, the syllable, liaison and intonation.

The orientation of An advent to French Pronunciation’s is constantly useful, and phonetic thought and technical terminology are saved to the minimal useful. will probably be of curiosity to somebody with a simple wisdom of French who wishes aid and suggestion in attaining a extra actual pronunciation.

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However, for our immediate practical purposes it is more convenient to treat them as phonemes. 3 Corresponding to the vowel /i/, we have the semiconsonant represented by the IPA symbol /j/ (derived from the German value of j as in Jung, ja – it is important not to confuse this IPA value of /j/ with the j (= IPA ) of normal French orthography, as in je, jour). In normal French orthography this is represented by y, as in yeux /jø/, payer /peje/, or by i, as in pied /pje/, or by ll, il or ill as in fille /fij/, œil /œj/, paille /paj/.

3) – are divided into syllables may seem a purely theoretical question. 8), and vowel length (chapter 12). It is therefore important to grasp the principles of French syllabification. 2 Throughout this section it must always be borne in mind that we are dealing with pronunciation, not spelling. Note in particular that: (i) There is no final consonant in words such as lit /li/, doux /du/, grand /gre/. (ii) There is only one consonant in between the vowels of words such as donner /dbne/, (nous) battons /batf/.

Tu /ty/, lune /lyn/, mur /my:r/, dû /dy/. e. something like [liun] (or [liwn] ) for /lyn/; this may or may not be intelligible to a French-speaker but, at best, will mark the speaker out as having a strong foreign accent. 7. 4 /u/ – High Back Rounded The main point for English-speakers to note is that, for French /u/, the lips are clearly and firmly (not, as in English, loosely) protruded and rounded. g. e. pronounced further forward in the mouth than in other varieties of English) should take particular care to pronounce /u/ well back in the mouth; there is all the more need to stress this point since there seems to be a growing tendency on the part of speakers from many parts of England to bring the vowel somewhat forward, though not as much so as in the areas mentioned above.

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