Article on pronunciation of French consonants
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Neil Coffey  Identity Verified
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Jan 8, 2013

In case it is of interest to any colleagues here, I just wanted to mention an article on the pronunciation of French stop consonants I wrote recently that has now been published here: http://ezinearticles.com/?Improve-Your-French-Pronunciation:-Stop-Consonants&id=7449873

This is intended to be the first in a series of articles. Comments are always welcome!


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Michele Fauble  Identity Verified
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Voice onset time Jan 8, 2013

When explaining the difference between English and French stop consonants, I find it useful to introduce the concept of voice onset time (VOT).

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VOT Jan 8, 2013

Hi Michele -- you raise a very interesting point. After hesitating about this a little, I decided in the end to focus more on "what the articulators are doing" (whereas VOT is if you like a way of gauging/comparing the 'resulting effect', or a way of classifying the stop system). I was also trying to strike a balance between how much technical terminology to introduce while trying to explain things "in layman's terms". But it's interesting that you say students have found the concept of VOT helpful.

[Edited at 2013-01-08 19:03 GMT]


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