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Nasal vowels (was Re: French spelling scheme)

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Saturday, May 5, 2001, 21:05
On Thu, May 03, 2001 at 10:06:54PM +0000, Raymond Brown wrote:
> Hey, it's /bO~/ - all the modern French nasal vowels are low. We have: > /bO~/ masculine before a pause or word begining with a consonant; > /bO~n/ (written _bon_) masculine before a word beginning with a vowel; > /bOn/ _bonne_ feminine in all environments.
I was just wondering the other day why the French nasal vowels evolved the way they did. Anyone know? Is there something in phonetic/phonological theory saying that nasal vowels tend to be qualitatively different (aside from their nasality of course) from their oral counterparts? -- Eric Christopherson / *Aiworegs Ghristobhorosyo


Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>