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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 > /x/.
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. Kou