French Orthoepy

French Orthoepy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...but in the orthography of the adjective Geand in the following cases, and its omission indicated by an apostrophe: Grand' croir de la legion d'Aoreneur; Great cross of the legion of honour.--A grand' peine; with much ado.--Pas grand' chose; no great matter.--Grand' mere; grandmother.--Grand' peur; great fear.--Grand' faim; great hunger.--Grand' soif; great thirst. CHAPTER XI. QUANTITY. 132. Quantity is a relative term and has reference to the time required by the organs of speech, to enunciate each sound distinctly, and must be as carefully considered and as rigorously carried out in French as in any other language. It has been questioned by some not thoroughly conversant with the French tongue, whether there exist in it such a thing as quantity at all. To become convinced, however, of the reality of French quantity, it may be sufficient to observe, that words, having the different quantities which we lay down, are not admissible in French poetry as rhyme. Although the reading may appear to flow evenly, yet a little observation will render it evident, that some of the organs of voice require more exertion, and consequently more time to enunciate particular sounds than others do. Quantity is either long (--), or short (w). Many rules have hitherto been given for the quantity of French syllables, which have served to confound rather than to elucidate. Generally speaking it depends on three principles only--1. The very nature of the sound. 2. The preceding articulation. 8. The following articulation combining with the sound. 133. Seeing that the sounds of the larynx are low and heavy in tone, in order to be fully formed and distinctly uttered, a longer time is naturally required for their clear enunciation than is necessary for...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236788214
  • 9781236788214