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This enhanced edition of French Phonetics is intended for college-level instruction, for self-study and for reference purposes. The text, including Cahier d'Exercices, helps the student to become proficient in the pronunciation of French by explaining the characteristics of the French sound system clearly and systematically and by giving precise rules of pronunciation throughout. After introducing the learner to the International Phonetic Alphabet, the manual proceeds to a thorough examination of every sound in the French language in relation to its spelling and its phonological surroundings. If the book is used as a reference tool, the reader will be able to verify the pronunciation of many difficult verb forms and names not found in a dictionary. Students will be able to phonetically transcribe French words, to read a phonetically transcribed text, and most importantly to pronounce correctly any French word that they encounter, even if they have never seen it before. Cassettes or CD's for French Phonetics and the Cahier d'Exercices are available by contacting the author at; Please cc her alternate e-mail address in your request:

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Editorial Reviews

The Modern Language Journal
French Phonetics' is excellent at the word and phrase levels...I suggest to students that they keep this book along with a good dictionary as part of their permanent collection of useful tools for perfecting their French.
— Lois Vines, Ohio University
The Modern Language Journal - Lois Vines
'French Phonetics' is excellent at the word and phrase levels...I suggest to students that they keep this book along with a good dictionary as part of their permanent collection of useful tools for perfecting their French.
The Modern Language Journal - Lois Vines Ph. D.
'French Phonetics' is excellent at the word and phrase levels...I suggest to students that they keep this book along with a good dictionary as part of their permanent collection of useful tools for perfecting their French.
Helps students become proficient in the pronunciation of French by systematically examining each sound of the French language in relation to its orthography and its phonological surroundings. Gives precise rules of pronunciation and many expression which exemplify those rules as well as their exceptions. Special emphasis is placed on those words which are often mispronounced by anglophone speakers. Designed for college phonetics courses and intermediate and advanced French language classes, for students who already have some knowledge of French and are familiar with the articulation of French sounds. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761817789
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 1,019,110
  • Product dimensions: 0.32 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 8.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Trudie Maria Booth is a Lecturer in French, University of Portland.

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Table of Contents

French Phonetics
Preface vii
The Symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet ix
Table of French Sounds xi
Preliminary Chapter xv
Chapter 1 The Vowels
[a] 1
[i] 1
[u] 2
[y] 2
[phis] 4
[oe] 4
[characters not reproducible] 5
[o] 6
[e] 8
[varepsilon] 9
Chapter 2 The Mute E 13
The Mute E in the single word 13
The Mute E in the mot phonetique 16
Chapter 3 The Nasal Vowels 21
[characters not reproducible] 22
[characters not reproducible] 23
[characters not reproducible] 23
[characters not reproducible] 24
Chapter 4 The Half-Vowels 27
[characters not reproducible] 27
[w] 27
[j] 28
Chapter 5 The Consonants
b 31
p 31
d 32
t 33
[f] 35
[v] 35
[g], g 36
[function of] 37
[characters not reproducible] 38
[k] 39
[s] 41
s 41
[z] 44
l 45
m 45
n 46
[characters not reproducible] 46
[characters not reproducible] 46
r 47
x 47
h 48
Chapter 6 Final Consonants 51
Chapter 7 Numbers 57
Chapter 8 Irregular Pronunciations 61
Chapter 9 The Liaison 63
Mandatory Liaisons 63
Optional Liaisons 66
Forbidden Liaisons 68
Change of Sound in the Liaison 70
Nasals in the Liaison 71
Denasalization 72
Chaier d'Exercices 73
Exercice 1 [a] 75
Exercice 2 [i], [j], [ij] 76
Exercice 3 [u], [w] 77
Exercice 4 [wa], [w characters not reproducible] 78
Exercice 5 [y], [characters not reproducible] 78
Exercice 6 [oe], [phis] 80
Exercice 7 [o], [characters not reproducible] 81
Exercice 8 [e], [varepsilon] 83
Exercice 9 e muet 85
Exercice 10 [e], [varepsilon], [characters not reproducible] 87
Exercice 11 [characters not reproducible] 88
Exercice 12 [characters not reproducible] 89
Exercice 13 [characters not reproducible] 90
Exercice 14 [characters not reproducible] 91
Exercice 15 [l], [j] 92
Exercice 16 [t], [s] 94
Exercice 17 [w], [v] 94
Exercice 18 [g], [characters not reproducible] 94
Exercice 19 [g], [gy], [g characters not reproducible], [gw] 95
Exercice 20 [k], [function of] 96
Exercice 21 [k], [kw] 96
Exercice 22 [k], [s] 97
Exercice 23 [s], [z] 97
Exercice 24 [characters not reproducible] 98
Exercice 25 [ks], [gz] 99
Exercice 26 h muet et h aspire 99
Exercice 27 Le Trema 101
Exercice 28 L'Assimilation 101
Exercice 29 [d], [t] 102
Exercice 30 [function of], [characters not reproducible] 102
Exercice 31 Les Consonnes Finales 102
Exercice 32 Les Nombres 106
Exercice 33 Mots difficiles 108
Exercice 34 L'Enchainement Consonantique 110
Exercice 35 La Liaison 110
Exercice 36 Les Homonymes 115
Exercice 37 Proverbes, Dictons et Citations 119
Index of difficult words 123
Index 127
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    a good reference book

    This book is very thorough, but it has some drawbacks. I bought it looking for a book to work through, but it's pretty much a reference book only, not a workbook. And without an audio reference for the phonetics discussed, it's really impossible for me to determin exactly how to pronounce the various vowels even though everything is in the standard phonetic alphabet... Just think about the different way a Bostonian and a Kansas City native would say the word 'bear' and you see the problem with the english examples of vowel sounds. That being said, if you're currently in a French class or otherwise have access to proper french sounds, this is an extremely helpfull book, because you can use one word as a reference for many others, since they're grouped by sounds in the book.

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