Effective Practices in Improving the French Pronunciation – The Prosodic Elements

Aferdita Canaj

Abstract


This paper aims at providing the most effective ways and practices to attain a better pronunciation of French based on the best achievements in the field of theoretical, practical and experimental phonetics, as well as on the contemporary understanding of comparative linguistics, methodology and teaching of French as a foreign language. Pronunciation plays an important role in achieving linguistic communication in foreign languages but mispronunciation, a violation of correct pronunciation norms, prevents the process of communication. Mastering the articulatory and acoustic aspects of the sound formation means mastering the phonetic pattern, however, the prosodic or the suprasegmental features are also part of the phonetic system and their mastering is very important. In the teaching practice and in many foreign language textbooks we notice that prosodic elements are not paid due attention. This paper has a double purpose: on one hand it aims at focusing the teachers‟ and lecturers‟ attention on the prosodic phenomena and their dealing with the challenges of French prosody such as the word stress, rhythmic group stress, breath group stress, sentence stress, elision, linking, sequence, intonation and rhythm, and on the other hand, at serving the teaching purposes. It aims at providing practical advice necessary to the aspects of prosody and corrective phonetics, and to supply several types of exercises in order to establish the right concepts and habits in developing a "new" prosodic system.

Keywords: French, pronunciation, prosodic elements, stress, intonation, rhythm.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.0001/(aj).v4i3.190

DOI (PDF): http://dx.doi.org/10.0001/(aj).v4i3.190.g1681

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