Dental afficates in Quebec French

From: Glen Gordon
Message: 8860
Date: 2001-08-30

>Is the [dz] a representation of the voiced alveolar affricate? If so
>IMHO this is a misconception of Anglophones like you and me on
>hearing the French /d/ and /t/, particularly before /i/.

Not at all. I fully hear the difference between dental and alveolar
stops. I use dentals automatically in French speech for /n/, /s/,
/t/ and /d/.

However, there *is* an audible difference between Quebec and
European speech, and one of these differences sometimes lies in
heavy afficatization of _dental_ stops in Quebecois or New Brunswick French
(others are a use of [I] instead of [i] in words like
/pepite/... sorry I don't have an accent-capable computer).

I haven't heard Europeans doing this. Both European and Quebecois
varieties of French use dental phonemes and so this is not just a
misinterpretation from a misinformed anglo.

gLeNny gEe
...wEbDeVEr gOne bEsErK!

email: glengordon01@...

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