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Re: French Grammar

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, October 15, 2001, 10:45
Christophe Grandsire scripsit:

> IMO the roundedness of the French schwa is only due to the fact that it's > a "lazy" vowel, pronounced according to the principle of least effort. Since > it's more of an effort to have tight unrounded lips, the French schwa appears > unrounded.
Well, I think that it is an effort either to round or to unround, and that truly lax sounds are somewhere in between. Consider /i/ vs. /y/: which is least-effort? Neither, I think.
> But I don't think that roundedness is a feature worth noting (except > maybe in phonetic realisations). We could also say it's kind of a lax version > of /2/ ('eu' in 'feu').
Indeed, as indicated by the fact that when "le" is stressed, it comes out [l2]. Personally, I prefer the view that [@] has no underlying /@/, and is either /2/ or a svarabhakti vowel with no underlying representation. -- John Cowan Please leave your values | Check your assumptions. In fact, at the front desk. | check your assumptions at the door. --sign in Paris hotel | --Miles Vorkosigan