USAGE: Louis? C'est lui
|From:||DOUGLAS KOLLER <laokou@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, February 6, 2000, 8:15|
> One of the most striking French-isms that *no* book tells you is the
> palatal consonant after high vowels. Actually, I suspect it may be
> Québecois, because I definitely heard it there, but all my French
> teachers but one have it. On words ending in /i/ (esp /yi/) or /y/,
> there is usually a /C/ tacked on, often very prominently. Sometimes
> (rarely) it's almost an /S/. After /u/ it's much fainter and more of a
I'm glad someone else has mentioned this, because I've had a bear of a time
convincing other certain non-native speakers of French I know that this
phenomenon exists. I, myself, (a non-native) do this quite regularly; after
/i/ and /y/, a /C/ - after /u/, though, more of a bilabial "f" (forgot the
IPA) à la japonaise.
My knowledge of Québecois has been extremely limited; me thinks I picked it
up in France.