"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
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French Sound Structure provides a comprehensive, detailed and well-illustrated description of the pronunciation of Modern Standard French, incorporating comments on regional and social variations, on abbreviatory processes and "word play," and on certain historical phonological changes which continue to be reflected in the contemporary language. The accompanying CD-ROM will be an invaluable asset to any student of French language, providing oral examples crucial to linguistic study.
Table of Contents Chapter 1: The Object of Description Chapter 2: Key Descriptive and Theoretical Concepts Chapter 3: Basic Descriptive Units and Domains Chapter 4: Vowels and Semi-vowels Chapter 5: Consonants Chapter 6: Prosody Chapter 7: Around the Phonological Periphery: Playing with Language Appendix References Index