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Introduction to French Pronunciation

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ISBN-10: 1405132558

ISBN-13: 9781405132558

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Glanville Price

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In order to speak French as it is spoken by native-speakers, one needs not only to hear the language, but to know what to listen for. This comprehensive and accessible guide to current French pronunciation fulfils precisely this need. The first three chapters outline the book's aims, level and scope, as well as the general principles of French phonetics. The author also alerts the reader to regional variations in the pronunciation of French. He then turns to specifics, including vowels, semi-consonants and consonants, providing the reader with the basic knowledge needed to understand later chapters which discuss these parts of speech at greater length. Interspersed are other chapters…    
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Book details

List price: $48.75
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 188
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

General Considerations
Sounds, Phonemes and Allophones
Suprasegmental Features
The Articulation of French
The Organization of this Book
References and Further Reading
Phonetic Symbols
The Production of Speech
The Vocal Cords and Voice
Active Articulators
Passive Articulators
The Articulation of French
Articulatory Tension
Pure Vowels
The Vowel Phonemes
Principles of Classification
Point of Articulation
The Height of the Tongue or the Degree of Aperture
Lip Configuration
Orality or Nasality
Classification and IPA Symbols
Front Unrounded Vowels
Front Rounded Vowels
Mute e
Back Rounded Vowels
Nasal Vowels
Summary Table
The Semi-Consonants
The Consonant Phonemes
Principles of Classification
Point of Articulation
Manner (or Mode) of Articulation
Presence or Absence of Voice
Classification and IPA Symbols
Summary Table
The Rhythmic Group
The Different Types of Group
The Rhythmic Group
The Rhythmic Group and the Word
The Syllable
The Rules of Syllabification
Syllabification within the Sense Group
Closed and Open Syllables
Syllable-Timing and Stress-Timing
Normal Stress
Emphatic Stress
Contrastive Stress
Normal Stress in French
Emphatic Stress in French
Contrastive Stress in French
Other Types of Stress
The Vowels in Detail
/i/ - High Front Unrounded
/y/ - High Front Rounded
/u/ - High Back Rounded
The Three Pairs of Mid-Vowels
/e/ - High-Mid Front Unrounded; /[characters not reproducible] Low-Mid Front Unrounded
/o/ - High-Mid Front Rounded; /oe/ - Low-Mid Front Rounded
/o/ - High-Mid Back Rounded; /[characters not reproducible] Low-Mid Back Rounded
/a/ - Low Front Unrounded; /[characters not reproducible] Low Back Rounded
The Nasal Vowels
Unvoicing of Vowels
Mute e
Four Simple 'Rules'
An Expansion of the Four 'Rules'
Rule 1
Rule 2
Rule 3
Rule 4
Three or More Mute es in Succession
Miscellaneous Points
Vowel Length
Five Simple Rules
Rule 1
Rule 2
Rule 3
Rule 4
Rule 5
Is Vowel Length Ever Phonemic in French?
Other Possible Pronunciations
The Semi-Consonants in Detail
/i/ or /j/ after a Vowel?
/j/, /l/ or /ll/ after /i/?
Intervocalic /j/
/[characters not reproducible]
/[characters not reproducible]nd /w/
Vowel or Semi-Consonant?
The Consonants in Detail: (I) Stops
Mode of Articulation (General)
French and English Stops
Point of Articulation
A Canadianism
The Glottal Stop
The Consonants in Detail: (II) Fricatives
French and English Fricatives
Manner of Articulation
Point of Articulation
The Consonants in Detail: (III) /r/, /l/ and the Nasals
The Varieties of French /r/
The Lateral Consonant /l/
The Nasal Consonants /m/, /n/, /[characters not reproducible]nd /[characters not reproducible]
The Release of Final Consonants
Voiceless /l/ and /r/
Voiceless /m/
Long Consonants and Geminate Consonants
French Geminates
Consonantal Assimilation
Regressive Assimilation of Fortes and Lenes
Progressive Assimilation
Assimilation to Vowels
The Problem
The Liaison Forms
Words Having No Special Liaison Form
Compulsory Liaison
Generally Acceptable Liaison
No Liaison
Types of Utterance
Declarative Sentences
Yes-No Questions
Imperative Sentences
Level Intonation
References and Further Reading