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Re: rhotics (was: Hellenish oddities)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, November 27, 2000, 15:52
En réponse à Roger Mills <romilly@...>:

> Theoretically, that should be an uvular fricative, devoiced in > these > particular environments....but I wonder if it hasn't been drawn forward > (to > _velar_) due to the preceding palatal/dental consonants??? (I've never > been > able to produce a proper French trilled uvular /r/-- sounds a bit like > imitating a dog's growl). >
Well, in fact the trilled uvular /r/ has nearly disappeared in French. Only a few Parisians still pronounce it this way. The French 'r' is now a voiced uvular approximant, much nicer for your throat I believe. At least, it doesn't sound like a dog's growl :) . Christophe.