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
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
Personally, I prefer the view that [@] has no underlying /@/, and is
either /2/ or a svarabhakti vowel with no underlying representation.
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