Variations in French Pronunciations

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1899 - French language - 8 pages
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Page 3 - P. a8. given in most grammars. It seems to me, however, that as it is now customary to name the letters by their sounds in the word that is spelled, the consonants being pronounced with the so-called e mute following, it is eminently appropriate to mention that fact in a treatise on pronunciation. It would appear, too. if one may venture in this connection a criticism on the M.-P. dictionary, that the letters of the alphabet be treated as words might have been, as in the H.-D. dictionary, where both...
Page 3 - Fr. gn sound should not be is not clear; and that point nasal n should do service as a palatal nasal by putting the tilde ( - ) over it is using the sign to indicate position, a function different from that originally assigned to it. The first criticism in particular which my class made, was in regard to the symbols a (pas.se) and a (page). Professor Matzke has chosen the common symbol a to represent the less common variety of Fr. a, that is, Fr. back a...
Page 1 - THE pronunciation of French," says Professor Matzke, "is confessedly the most difficult subject which the student meets in undertaking the study of the language." It has also been my experience that it is one of the most difficult subjects that the student meets during his entire study of the language.

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