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Re: USAGE: [a] vs [A]

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, June 16, 2003, 8:53
En réponse à Henrik Theiling :

>You seem to be very sure. I had the strong impression that French [a] >is like Standard German [a] (I listened to a lot of French (not as >much as you, I suppose. :-))). And that German and French [a] is >quite halfway between [a] and [A] in Dutch or coastal German dialects. > > [a] [A] >Dutch: vragen ~ lachen >Coastal German: lachen ~ fragen >Standard G.: lachen > fragen > >(The Dutch [a] almost sounds like [&] to me, because of this. Of >course, it's my biased German ear.)
Well, thanks to my knowledge of Dutch, it's settled, because my [a], and the [a] of all French people I know, is identical to the Dutch [a]. And the Dutch people I know agree with me. The French [a] is definitely fronted. Christophe Grandsire. You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.