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Re: R, North & Pheromones

From:jesse stephen bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Friday, July 6, 2001, 17:02
Christian Thalmann sikayal:

> > The uvular R is very easy for me to pronounce (of > > course I grew up with that sound), and seems to flow > > well in such words as quatre and prendre. But in words > > like raccoucher and pere I REALLY want to voice it. > > Isn't uvular /R/ always voiced? Otherwise you'd have > uvular /X/.
And you do, in the words that he mentioned. If I understand French phonology correctly, the /R/ is devoiced adjacent to a voiceless consonant, so {quatre} is [kwatX] (or is it [katX]?), and {prendre} is [pXend], or something like that. My French spelling is pretty much nonexistent, so I don't know exactly how those should be pronounced, but I'm very sure about the [tX] and [pX]. Jesse S. Bangs "If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time." --G.K. Chesterton