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Uvular trill (was: Translation: Bhagavad Gita)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Thursday, March 21, 2002, 6:23
At 10:42 am +0100 20/3/02, Christophe Grandsire wrote:
>fricative /h/ or aspirates! The French 'r' is a voiced uvular fricative >(/R/ in >X-SAMPA). It used to be an uvular trill (/R\/ in X-SAMPA), but the last person >I ever heard pronouncing it like that was Edith Piaf and it probably died with >her.
No it didn't. The priest who officiated at the wedding of my son and my (French) daughter-in-law at a church right in the center of the Hexagone some seven & half years ago used the most vigorous uvular trills I've ever heard. Indeed, my elder grandson used to say his French with vigorously trilled uvular _R_ - but now, alas, he is changing to the effete modern Parisian /R/ which has surely become a uvular approximant, rather than a voiced fricative (too little friction - give me the full bodied trill anytime :) Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>