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Savoir Dire: Cours De Phonetique Et De Prononciation

Title: Savoir Dire: Cours De Phonetique Et De Prononciation

Author: Diane Dansereau
Format: Hardcover
List Price: $56.76
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Savoir Dire: Cours De Phonetique Et De Prononciation

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Text: French--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Description:

Savoir dire is an advanced-level phonetics text designed especially for students without an extensive background in linguistics. Written entirely in French, the text explains all major features of standard French pronunciation clearly.

Product Details
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company (December 1, 1990)
  • ISBN: 0669209961
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Average Customer Review: based on 1 review.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

An authoritative and clear reference book, September 20, 2004

Reviewer: Meredith Moseley (Campbell, CA)

I first used this book as the primary text when I was a student in a 3000-level French phonetics and pronunciation course in college. It begins with a detailed explanation of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and how the symbols represent the sounds of French. Along with this are graphics of the speech organs (mouth, nasal cavity, articulators) showing where each sound is produced.

There are many exercises in chapter one (and the appendix) to familiarze you with the use of IPA, including IPA-to-French transcribing exercises and vice versa. (Unfortunately, there are no answer keys in the book for the exercises.)

Chapter two goes on to cover things like liason, accent, rhythm, and intonation (la prosodie), and the difference between vowels and semi-vowels.

Chapter three focuses entirely on vowel sounds.

Chapter four details nasal vowels.

Chapter five is about "le E muet."

Chapter six returns to the particulars of semi-vowels.

Chapter seven is about consonants (sub-sections are occlusives, fricatives, liquides, nasales, la lettre H, et consonnes ecrites finales).

Each chapter includes oral practice examples to refine your pronunciation and to draw your attention to the subtle differences between pronunciations. For example:

As a teacher of French, I use this book often when I need to look up a rule or an exception. It is a wonderful reference book. If you are not familiar with IPA, this book may not be right for you just yet. If you know IPA or use this book as a course textbook, keep it on your shelf to use when tricky pronunciations have you guessing.

It is written entirely in French, but when I first used it as an upper division college level French student I had no problems with comprehension.

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