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Re: Orthography Question

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, November 9, 1998, 18:23
Christopher Grandsenior scripsit:

> As a French, I would say that even if the sound /G/ is much closer > to the French 'r' than the /R/, I'd prefer the latter, as I find it more > 'sweet' than the /G/. I'm thinking of the Arab speakers when they use French > words. Depending on many things, they can use either /R/ or /G/ to pronounce > our 'r'. But I find it more melodic when they use /R/ than when they use > /G/. It's just a personal opinion. Ask Irene to know what she thinks of it.
What would you say is the overall feeling in France today about the use of /r/, the Spanish/Italian style tap? Most of the Occitan dialects still have it, so I would suppose that even Standard French as spoken by southerners would tend to contain /r/s rather than "r grasseye". Or is that no longer true? -- John Cowan You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn. You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn. Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)