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Re: Pronouncing Carrefour

Unread postby Syl » Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:12 pm

eric_p_m wrote:Good job, Syl.

Google Translator is doing its best to mimic what a native English speaker would do: read a foreign word and try his or her best to pronounce it to the best of his or her ability. An alphabet represents phonemes in a given phonological context. French sounds never entered the mind of a native English speaker with no training in French phonetics.

The double 'r' would at best mark a syllable break in English, but the consonantal cluster / rf / is impossible in English. Hypercorrection or over generalization would lead an English speaker to reduce the double 'r' to just one... hence the phonetic realization [ kʰæɹ.foʊɹ ] ,standard American English, would manifest.

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Eric Paul Monroe

Thank you so much for your explanation, Eric!

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