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French r

From:Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>
Date:Sunday, August 31, 2003, 20:39
>You were taught an uvular TRILL for the French r?!!!! Now for the last >time, the French r is an uvular fricative in the North of France, in >Belgium and in Switzerland, and an alveolar trill in the South of France >(in some dialects only), but *never* an uvular trill! (there used to be a >Parisian dialect using the uvular trill - the dialect Edith Piaf spoke - >but it's now dead).
Sorry, Cristophe. I made a mistake. (And it's inexcusable because I am trained...although obviously not trained well enough if this slipped through.) I guess that I have heard the French r described as a uvular trill so many times that I believed it. If I actually *feel* myself pronouncing a French word with an r in it, I can tell that I am pronouncing a uvular fricative. My apologies for the confusion, and thanks for setting me straight. Isidora whose education is sadly lacking


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>