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Re: rhotics (was: Hellenish oddities)

From:Jeff Jones <jeffsjones@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 28, 2000, 15:50
On Mon, 27 Nov 2000 16:52:01 +0100, Christophe Grandsire
<christophe.grandsire@...> wrote:

>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.
Gee, first un/in and [a]/[A] lost, now this! French is losing all its interesting features! Jeff