By Marc Picard

ISBN-10: 9027223238

ISBN-13: 9789027223234

This textbook is designed to fill uncomplicated wishes. One is for a transparent and simple presentation of the rudiments of articulatory phonetics that's geared in particular to the necessities of the (future) language instructor, and never solely to the coed of linguistics, and during which the elemental strategies and terminology are brought through English in preference to quite a few languages. an excellent larger want, probably, and person who has long past unfulfilled for too lengthy, is for an easy yet kind of whole evaluation of the phonetic stock of North American French.

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7 Finally, the phoneme /1/ (written 1 or 11) is pronounced differently according to whether it appears in the onset of a syllable, as in lace, place, ENGLISH PHONETICS 39 solace, or in the coda, as in ba/7, ballas, ballpark. In the latter case, its alveo­ lar articulation is usually accompanied by an elevation of the back of the tongue. This process is known as velarization and a lateral consonant pro­ nounced in this manner is transcribed [+]. A complete phonetic chart of English consonants can be found in Table 11.

11)) and /u/ (cf. Figure 2 (p. 11)). In fact, because the velar articulation of /w/ is accompanied by lip rounding as in /u/, it is classified as a labio velar. Table 8. 6 To conclude this preliminary overview of the consonants of English, spe­ cial mention must be made of three segments which manifest certain pecu­ liarities. 8) (and Table 3 (p. 17)). Although it has traditionally been classified as a glottal fricative because it ENGLISH PHONETICS /y/ 25 /w/ FIGURE 10. 26 COMPARATIVE PHONETICS OF ENGLISH AND FRENCH is produced by bringing the vocal cords sufficiently close together to obstruct the airflow, thereby creating turbulence in the glottis, this segment can also be viewed as a glottal approximant because the tongue has no fixed position during its articulation: it basically assumes the configuration of whatever vowel it precedes.

In the latter case, its alveo­ lar articulation is usually accompanied by an elevation of the back of the tongue. This process is known as velarization and a lateral consonant pro­ nounced in this manner is transcribed [+]. A complete phonetic chart of English consonants can be found in Table 11. 8. 1 Since the same person never pronounces the same word twice in exactly the same way, there is obviously no limit to the number of infinites­ imal details we could include in a close phonetic transcription.

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