By Glanville Price
So one can communicate French because it is spoken via native-speakers, one wishes not just to listen to the language, yet to grasp what to hear for. This entire and available 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 final ideas of French phonetics. the writer additionally signals the reader to neighborhood adaptations within the pronunciation of French. He then turns to specifics, together with vowels, semi-consonants and consonants, offering the reader with the elemental wisdom had to comprehend later chapters which debate those components of speech at better size. Interspersed are different chapters protecting such vital elements of French pronunciation as rhythmic teams, the syllable, liaison and intonation.
The orientation of An advent to French PronunciationвЂ™s is constantly functional, and phonetic idea and technical terminology are stored to the minimal important. it will likely be of curiosity to an individual with a simple wisdom of French who wishes aid and recommendation in attaining a extra genuine pronunciation.
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G. 6) do not claim to be anything like exhaustive. A thorough-going discussion of the different types of stress in French is beyond the scope of this book. Indeed, such a discussion would perhaps not be fully possible in the present state of our knowledge: those who have tackled the problem in some detail are not always in total agreement and it appears that there is scope for further research on the subject. 2 One type of stress in particular that has not been referred to above but which must be mentioned, if only to warn the reader against using it in ordinary conversation, is that sometimes known as l’accent démarcatif or l’accent didactique.
Consonants pronounced with this vibration, such as d, z, l, m, are known as voiced consonants. Consonants pronounced without the vibration, such as t, s, are known as voiceless consonants. 2 The fact that voice, whether accompanying a consonant or a vowel, has resonance, means that the ‘carrying power’ of a voiced consonant is greater than that of a voiceless consonant. This is to some extent compensated for in many languages by pronouncing voiceless consonants with greater energy and breath than voiced consonants, as is quite obvious if one compares the strength with which one articulates the voiceless initial consonants of, say, fat or seal with that of the voiced initial consonants of vat or zeal.
2 Point of Articulation ‘Point of articulation’ is merely the technical term for ‘the place in the mouth where a sound is produced’. e. between the blade of the tongue and the palate, or between the back of the tongue and the velum. We may therefore speak of ‘front vowels’ and ‘back vowels’. 3 The Height of the Tongue or the Degree of Aperture This factor can best be explained by taking an example. , is pronounced in the front of the mouth with the tongue hardly raised at all and the mouth fairly wide open.
An Introduction to French Pronunciation, Revised Edition by Glanville Price