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Re: [wika] Boreanesian

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Friday, May 19, 2000, 3:30
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
(Snip interesting news about Andre Militante, to whom a hearty welcome.
Always a pleasure to see what someone else will do with an Austronesian
model.  Perhaps he and I can develop an Indonesian-Tagalog pidgin to
thoroughly confuse everyone. ;-)  BTW at some point please post the URL for

>Now I understand why I keep having an accent when i speak English. i round >all those back vowels (as for pronouncing them lax, it slowly becomes >easier... but very slowly :( ). >
That would be true, since French (and Spanish) back vowels are much more rounded than English, which in turn are more rounded than Japanese. No doubt American failure to round sufficiently is one of the factors contributing to the French displeasure with American-spoken French-- along with our /r/, too much aspiration, nasalizing in all the wrong places, pronouncing all those silent letters, inability to handle _u, eu_ etc. or simple words like _feuille_or _fauteuil_..........