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Description - An Introduction to French Pronunciation by Glanville Price

In order to speak French as it is spoken by native-speakers, one needs not only to hear the language, but to know what to listen for. This comprehensive and accessible guide to current French pronunciation fulfils precisely this need. The first three chapters outline the book's aims, level and scope, as well as the general principles of French phonetics. The author also alerts the reader to regional variations in the pronunciation of French. He then turns to specifics, including vowels, semi-consonants and consonants, providing the reader with the basic knowledge needed to understand later chapters which discuss these parts of speech at greater length. Interspersed are other chapters covering such important aspects of French pronunciation as rhythmic groups, the syllable, liaison and intonation. The orientation of An Introduction to French Pronunciation's is consistently practical, and phonetic theory and technical terminology are kept to the minimum necessary. It will be of interest to anyone with a basic knowledge of French who needs help and advice in achieving a more authentic pronunciation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405132558
ISBN-10: 1405132558
Format: Paperback
(220mm x 142mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Glanville Price

Glanville Price is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. His publications include Encyclopedia of the Languages of Europe(Blackwell 1998), Languages in Britain and Ireland(Blackwell 2000), and A Comprehensive French Grammar (Fifth Edition, Blackwell, 2003).

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