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 covering such
important aspects of French pronunciation as rhythmic groups, the
syllable, liaison and intonation. The orientation of An
Introduction to French Pronunciation's is consistently
practical, and phonetic theory and technical terminology are kept
to the minimum necessary. It will be of interest to anyone with a
basic knowledge of French who needs help and advice in achieving a
more authentic pronunciation.
An Introduction to French Pronunciation is a comprehensive and
accessible guide to current French pronunciation.
enables students to not only to hear the language, but to know what
to listen for
includes chapters on the general principles of French phonetics and
regional variations in the pronunciation of French
includes discussion of vowels, semi-consonants, consonants,
rhythmic groups, the syllable, liaison and intonation
written by a leading figure in the field, the author of A
Comprehensive French Grammar (Blackwell, 2003)
1. General Considerations.
2. The Production of Speech.
3. The Articulation of French.
4. The Vowel Phonemes.
5. The Semi-Consonants.
6. The Consonant Phonemes.
7. The Rhythmic Group.
8. The Syllable.
10. The Vowels in Detail.
11. Mute e.
12. Vowel Length.
13. The Semi-Consonants in Detail.
14. The Consonants in Detail: (I) Stops.
15. The Consonants in Detail: (II) Fricatives.
16. The Consonants in Detail: (III) /r/, /l/ and the Nasals.
18. Consonantal Assimilation.
References for Further Reading.
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Glanville Price is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. His publications include Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe(Blackwell 1998), Languages in Britain and Ireland(Blackwell 2000), and A Comprehensive French Grammar (Fifth Edition, Blackwell, 2003).
Preface.1. General Considerations.1.1 Introduction.1.2 Sounds, Phonemes and Allophones.1.3 Suprasegmental Features.1.4 The Articulation of French.1.5 The Organization of this book.1.6 References and Further Reading.1.7 Phonetic Symbols.2. The Production of Speech.2.1 Introduction.2.2 The Vocal Cords and Voice.2.3 Articulators.2.4 Active Articulators.2.5 Passive Articulators.2.6 Terminology.3. The Articulation of French.3.1 Articulatory Tension.3.2 Pure Vowels.4. The Vowel Phonemes.4.1 Principles of Classification.4.2 Point of Articulation.4.3 The Height of the Tongue or the Degree of Aperture.4.4 Lip Configuration.4.5 Orality or Nasality.4.6 Classification and IPA Symbols.4.7 Front Unrounded Vowels.4.8 Front Rounded Vowels.4.9 Mute e.4.10 Back Rounded Vowels.4.11 Nasal Vowels.4.12 Summary Table.5. The Semi-Consonants.5.1 General.6. The Consonant Phonemes.6.1 Principles of Classification.6.2 Point of Articulation.6.3 Manner (or Mode) of Articulation.6.4 Presence or Absence of Voice.6.5 Classification and IPA Symbols.6.6 Stops.6.7 Fricatives.6.8 Lateral.6.9 Nasals.6.10 r-Sounds.6.11 Summary Table.7. The Rhythmic Group.7.1 Introduction.7.2 The Different Types of Group.7.3 The Rhythmic Group.7.4 The Rhythmic Group and the Word.8. The Syllable.8.1 Introduction.8.2 The Rules of Syllabification.8.3 Syllabification within the Sense Group.8.4 Closed and Open Syllables.8.5 Syllable-Timing and Stress-Timing.9. Stress.9.1 Normal Stress.9.2 Emphatic Stress.9.3 Contrastive Stress.9.4 Normal Stress in French.9.5 Emphatic Stress in French.9.6 Contrastive Stress in French.9.7 Other Types of Stress.10. The Vowels in Detail.10.1 Introduction.10.2 i - High Front Unrounded.10.3 y - High Front Rounded.10.4 u - High Back Rounded.10.5 The Three Pairs of Mid-Vowels.10.6 e - High -Mid Front Unrounded; epsilon - Low-Mid Front Unrounded.10.7 o - High-Mid Front Rounded; o - Low-Mid Front Rounded.10.8 o - High-Mid Back Rounded; ] - Low-Mid Back Rounded.10.9 a - Low Front Unrounded; Y Low Back Rounded.10.10 The Nasal Vowels.10.11 Unvoicing of Vowels.10.12 Canadianisms.11. Mute e.11.1 Introduction.11.2 Four Simple 'Rules'.11.3 An Expansion of the Four 'Rules'.11.4 Rule 1.11.5 Rule 2.11.6 Rule 3.11.7 Rule 4.11.8 Three or More Mute es in Succession.11.9 Miscellaneous Points.12. Vowel Length.12.1 Introduction.12.2 Five Simple Rules.12.3 Rule 1.12.4 Rule 2.12.5 Rule 3.12.6 Rule 4.12.7 Rule 5.12.8 Is Vowel Length Ever Phonemic in French?.12.9 Other Alternatives.13. The Semi-Consonants in Detail.13.1 Introduction.13.2 i or j after a Vowel?.13.3 j , l or ll after i ?.13.4 Intervocalic j .13.5 r .13.6 r and w .13.7 Vowel or Semi-Consonant?.14. The Consonants in Detail: (I) Stops.14.1 Introduction.14.2 Mode of Articulation (General).14.3 French and English Stops.14.4 Point of Articulation.14.5 A Canadianism.14.6 The Glottal Stop.15. The Consonants in Detail: (II) Fricatives.15.1 French and English Fricatives.15.2 Manner of Articulation.15.3 Point of Articulation.16. The Consonants in Detail: (III) r , l and the Nasals.16.1 The Varieties of French r .16.2 The Lateral Consonant l .16.3 The Nasal Consonants m , n , ... and N .16.4 The Release of Final Consonants.16.5 Voiceless l and r .16.6 Voiceless m .17. Gemination.17.1 Long Consonants and Geminate Consonants.17.2 French Geminates.18. Consonantal Assimilation.18.1 Introduction.18.2 Regressive Assimilation of Fortes and Lenes.18.3 Progressive Assimilation.18.4 Assimilation to Vowels.19. Liaison.19.1 Origins.19.2 The Problem.19.3 The Liaison Forms.19.4 Words Having No Special Liaison Form.19.5 Compulsory Liaison.19.6 Generally Acceptable Liaison.19.7 No Liaison.20. Intonation.20.1 Introduction.20.2 Types of Utterance.20.3 Declarative Sentences.20.4 Yes-No Questions.20.5 Wh-Questions.20.6 Imperative Sentences.20.7 Level Intonation.References for Further Reading.Index.