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Re: rhotics (was: Hellenish oddities)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 28, 2000, 15:31
En réponse à Roger Mills <romilly@...>:

> > Interesting-- within the past 40 years, then. I more or less learned > pronunciation in 1959 from a French gentleman in Saigon, who could trill > his > uvula amazingly well. >
Well, French has undergone quite a few sound changes in the last 40 years (some even happened when I was already born, like the collapsing between /E~/ and /9~/ which hadn't begun when I was 6 and is nearly complete by now - I'm 24 -), so it seems very likely. Yet, I can easily trill my uvula while I never used the uvular trill in my L1. Christophe.