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Betreft: Re: Russian orthography (was: A perfect day ...)

From:Rob Nierse <rnierse@...>
Date:Thursday, February 3, 2000, 14:18
>>> Christophe Grandsire <Christophe.Grandsire@...> 02/03 12:33 >>>
At 18:28 02/02/00 -0500, you wrote:
>distinguish palatalisation when followed by /j/. That reminds me of the >elusive difference between French "Louis" and "lui"... >
>Strange, I had a discussion about it with my boyfriend just a few days ago. >In his small booklet to use French in a few situations, they explained to >pronounce the 'ui' as Dutch 'wie' and I didn't agree. But by comparing our >pronunciations, we discovered that his 'w' was more like the semi-vowel of >French in 'lui' than like the English 'w'. Does anyone know the exact >phonological definition of this sound?
>Of course, he was also unable to make any difference between 'Louis' and >'lui', whereas I find this difference as distinct as the difference between >the semi-vowels /w/ and /j/.
What works for Dutch people is the following: tell him to pronounce Louis as Loewie [luwi] tell him to pronounce lui as lu-ie [lüi], but the ü very short, as a semi vowel. This is what makes it difficult for Dutch spekaers I think, because we don't have diphtongs that begin with a semi-vowel, but Frisians should have no trouble with it, because they do have. Rob