An explanatory pronouncing dictionary of the French language, (in French and English): wherein the exact sound and articulation of every syllable are distinctly marked (according to the method adopted by Mr. Walker, in his Pronouncing dictionary). To which are prefixed, the principles of the French pronunciation ... and the conjugation of the verbs ... (Google eBook)

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Page 20 - ... over, and by dwelling longer upon it. The second is somewhat more open than the e of over, and can hardly be distinguished from it. The third may be obtained by opening the lips somewhat wider, and in a more circular form, than for the e of aver, and by protracting the sound...
Page 25 - When it is deemed aspirate, (i it only communicates to the vowel the properties of a consonant ; that is to say : if the preceding word end with a vowel, that vowel is never suppressed ; if it end with a consonant, that consonant is never ccnnectc-d with the vowel which follows« To this is confined all the effect of the aspirated H.
Page 13 - English have the first sound ц bar and the second in bat. It is long in the alphabet, but short when it is a verb or preposition : il a, he has ; A, to.
Page 28 - A TABLE of the Simple Sounds to which all the French Vowels and Diphthongs are referred, by the Figures over the Letters, in the Dictionary. French sounds. English sounds.
Page 17 - These are termed masculine, in opposition to the mute e, the sign of the feminine gender in most adjectives, and all past participles. The close é is so called from its being pronounced with the mouth almost closed, and from its slender sound. It may be deemed short, if compared with its feminine termination, wherein the e mute obliges us to dwell somewhat more upon it, as is obvious in aisé...
Page 23 - To f»rm the first, obsrrve the situation of the tongue when you pronounce the English letter a. It widens itself into the cheeks, so that it touches the first grinders. When the tongue is in this situation , advance both lips a little...
Page 16 - ¡nul in the preterite tense, chántales, etc. . . /;//,••, attre, is only short in quatre, battre, and its derivatives. Au, a false diphthong, has the three sounds of the French o. See O. It is generally long and open before a feminine termination or a consonant at the end of a word ; in the plural number, and under the circumflex accent; as in äuge, chaud, maux, etc. It is short in Paul, and before two consonants, as in augmenter, ele.
Page 17 - The open grave a is so called from requiring a greater opening of the mouth, and from the grave or circumflex accent which generally attends it, as in après and tête. It is similar in sound to the English e in there. The mute e is a mere emission of the voice...
Page 15 - An exact standard for this nasal sound is not to be found in the English pronunciation. However something like it is heard in the word hang. But it must be seized immediately preceding the articulation of the g. With regard to this and other nasal sounds, as on, un, 1 must observe what Mr.

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