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OT: Nasalization of French Vowels

From:David Peterson <thatbluecat@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 3, 2003, 17:57
Hey all,

The proposition has been put forth in a phonetics class here that you could
get the following (as we all know) en Francais:

beau [bO]
bon [bO~]

However, there's also these that were put forth:

? [bO~te]
? [bOnte]

Notice that the last [O] is NOT nasalized, even though it comes before a
nasal.   To me, it would seem like any vowel coming before any nasal would be
*phonetically* nasalized, no matter the language.   So, a couple of questions:

1.) To what words do the phonetic forms above refer?
2.) Are the phonetic transcriptions accurate (i.e., is there actually a
difference in vowel quality, like between "bon" and "bonne")?

That's it.   :)



Muke Tever <hotblack@...>
Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>