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French u [y] and ou [u] allophones? (was Re: anti-Sanskritism and more)

From:Jean-François Colson <bn130627@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 2, 2003, 18:18
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From: "Robert Jung" <RobertMJung@...>
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Subject: anti-Sanskritism and more

> > Are the French u [y] and ou [u] allophones of a single phoneme? >
Surely not. There are many words for which a swich from [y] to [u] changes the meaning. For example: - bulle /byl/ (bubble) - boule /bul/ (ball, bowl) - cul /ky/ (ass) - cou /ku/ (neck) - sur /sy:R/ (sour) - sourd /su:R/ (deaf) - du /dy/ (from/of the) - d'où /du/ (from where), doux /du/ (sweet) - pur /py:R/ (pure) - pour /pu:R/ (for) - la mûre /lamy:R/ (the mulberry/blackberry/brambleberry/dewberry) - l'amour /lamu:R/ (love) - and many others. Jean-François Colson


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>