French OU

CL at
Sun Jan 27 08:34:27 EST 2002

Matt Miller wrote:
>I have studied French for about 25 years, being raised in French Louisiana.
>I can say that some French pronuciations of "ou" do take the phonemic value
>of the English "w," such as in ouest. Granted, there is a slight
>distinction, in that the "ou" is temporally longer than "w," but still the
>phonemic value seems to be the same, no?

I am not at ease with "phonemic" terminology and always feel a little off
base in English, but I agree with your precise formulation, much more
accurate than what I wrote before:
> there is a slight distinction, in that the "ou" is temporally longer than


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