From: Philippe Verdy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Apr 16 2004 - 07:00:01 EDT
From: "Antoine Leca" <Antoine10646@leca-marti.org>
> And yes, similarly to Catalan, the emphatic/prolongated l sound is not
> usualy marked.
In French, the emphatic/prolongated l (written with a double l) is usually
marked by altering the phonetic of the preceding vowel, such as
- in "collčge" where 'o' is often pronounced open, unlike in "colatéral" where
"o" is always closed.
- if the preceding vowel is a 'e' it is clearly and always pronounced like a 'č'
in "désceller" instead of the neutral 'e' in "déceler".
- If the preceding vowel is a 'i' with another previous vowel the non-final
sequence 'ill' notes a 'y' half-vowel sound like in "maille"; if there's no
vowel before that i, the i is a plain vowel, and the double l is generally non
emphatic like in "ville" (or "village" or the imported English term "grill")
with a long i that shortens the l sound, to compare with "vile" (the feminine
form of the adjective "vil") or "vilénie" where the i is short and the l
- There are known exceptions when i is not preceded by another vowel; between
"mille" (long i, emphatic l) and "grille" (long i, half-vowel 'y')
- With a preceding 'u', "műle" or "műlet" or "tubulure" use a short 'ü' sound
and a l which may be emphatic/long if terminal, unlike "bulle" with a long 'u'
sound and a non emphatic short l...
Historically, Catalan and French had the same writing system.
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