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Re: CHAT: Opinions on French and Why It Sounds Un-Pretty

From:Robert Hailman <robert@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 19, 2000, 20:22
nicole perrin wrote:
> > Nik wrote: > > > > Robert Hailman wrote: > > > Yeah, it does. But for some reason, the nasals in Polish don't bother, > > > whereas they do in French. Again, it's probably that pesky Quebec French > > > ruining the language for me. > > > > Perhaps it's not the nasals that make it sound ugly to you? I find the > > nasals of French the most obviously ugly part of its phonology, but > > there's also the front rounded vowels, and some other features that I > > can't pin down. > > Funny, the front rounded vowels I really like, it's back rounded vowels > I can't stand. They sound so...something. And even more obviously ugly > than the nasals is the r!!!
The r doesn't bother me too much, but it's not my favourite. I don't care for back vowels on the whole too much, but I accept tham as a fact of life. In my conlangs, they are much rarer than the front vowels, but they do exist, and they usually are rounded. -- Robert