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Qu'est-ce que tu voulais dire? : An investigation of a significant sound change in Parisian French

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dc.contributor.advisor Swingle, Kari
dc.contributor.author Isaacs, Caroline K.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-06-03T20:12:54Z
dc.date.available 2013-06-03T20:12:54Z
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/10846
dc.description.abstract Qu'est-ce que tu voulais dire? The preceding phrase, meaning What did you mean/want to say?, is a hallmark example of the current Parisian sound change. While standard pronunciation of the imperfect verb form voulais is generally considered [vulE], due to a sound change affecting many words voulais is now often pronounced [vule]. This change is quite significant, as many words that were once auditorially discemable from each other now sound exactly alike, thus forcing the listener to rely on context for intended meaning. The irony of the phrase Qu 'est-ce que tu voulais dire? is that in asking what a person meant to say, implying perhaps that someone pronounced a word that is usually [E] instead with [e], and that the listener could not distinguish which word was intended, the main verb of the question itself has variable pronunciations. In this thesis 1 I discuss the sound change from [E] to [e], including an analysis of in what environments it changes, the new pairing of allophones with phonemes, different types of sound change, and an analysis of data I generated and conclusions I made. en
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of Linguistics en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.rights Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. It may only be used for non-commercial, research, and educational purposes. All other uses are restricted.
dc.title Qu'est-ce que tu voulais dire? : An investigation of a significant sound change in Parisian French en
dc.type Thesis (B.A.)


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