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An Introduction to French Pronunciation 2e (Blackwell Reference Grammars)
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on 13 April 2013
This is an excellent book in almost all respects; it is clearly written and packs an immense amount of useful information into just over 150 pages. It is clearly *the* book on the subject for the serious learner of French. I have a minor quibble and a major complaint. The minor quibble is that no guidance is given on when final consonants are pronounced and when not. Consider pairs such as the following, where in each case the final consonant is pronounced in the first word, but not in the second: péril/fusil, cap/drap, sac/tabac, roc/broc, dot/flot, nef/clef. This is obviously a nightmare for those learners (the target audience of this book?) who manage to read more French than they get to hear, but we get no help at all. I suspect the reason is that there are just no rules, but surely some guidance could have been given if only in the form of frequencies or lists.

The major complaint is the absence (in a book whose revised edition was published in 2005!) of any audio backup. That's just not acceptable in the twenty-first century. We all know how language-learning through the ears works better than off the page, and surely it would not have been impossible for the publishers to include an audio CD with a reading of all the examples, or (and this could surely still be done) a website containing the material as mp3 files.
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on 9 January 2009
Glanville Price is an exceptional academic of French Language. His best selling grammar book is still, well, the best. And now he gives us this expert guide to French pronunciation. I keep it with me whenever I venture across la manche because the devil is always in the detail - and it's the detail that Price is so good at explaining. It doesn't cover everything - it's only a slender book - but what it does cover is emphatically comprehensive.

Heartily recommended.
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