An Introduction To The Pronunciation of English by Gimson A C

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Boue, ride, chose, with the voiced consonants pronounced as in English, might sound to a French ear like poux, rite, chausse. g. 2 (ii)). 4, and with the IPA symbols that represent them. The individual consonants are discussed in greater detail in chapters 14–16. , begin with a voiceless and a voiced bilabial stop respectively, the symbols for which are /p/ and /b/. , begin with a voiceless and a voiced dental stop respectively, the symbols for which are /t/ and /d/. , begin with a voiceless and a voiced velar stop respectively, the symbols for which are /k/ and /g/.

11, we are concerned mainly with the classification of the vowel phonemes and with the IPA symbols that represent them. The individual vowels are discussed in greater detail in chapters 10 and 11. 6 below. 7 below. , and the first vowel of celui, crever, depuis, premier, etc. It is otherwise known as ‘neutral e’ or, in French, ‘e caduc’, ‘e instable’ or ‘e féminin’. None of these terms is wholly satisfactory and the only reason we retain that of ‘mute e’ (which refers to the fact that, in circumstances to be discussed in chapter 11, it is not pronounced) is that it is probably the most widely used in English.

1), before we can classify the consonants of French systematically we have to determine what factors are relevant. 4). 1 Two points of articulation do not involve the tongue: (i) the lips; (ii) the top teeth and the bottom lip. 1): (iii) the top teeth (when the other articulator is not the bottom lip); (iv) the teeth-ridge; 30 The Consonant Phonemes (v) the palate; (vi) the velum; (vii) the uvula. 1 The airstream may be stopped at some point and then released, thereby producing an ‘explosion’, as in the case of p, b (for which the point of articulation is the lips) or of k, g (for which the point of articulation is the velum).

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