List, exhaustive description and audio samples of pronunciation features of French in Quebec. By listening to audio samples, the readers can compare French as it is spoken in Quebec with standard French, and gain a better awareness of pronunciation diversity among French speaking peoples.
The website is fully functional provided that the users have the SIL IPA fonts installed in their computer's system. The website provides access to the fonts.
Target Student Population:
An excellent resource for a Phonology course at the advanced level.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
For listening only no special training is required. For a full use of the site, knowledge of IPA and some linguistic terminology will be necessary.
Phono offers a wealth of information on each specific phenomenon presented: description, phonetic symbols, examples (audio recordings), social, geographic, stylistic and historical variables, and an extensive bibliography.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This website may be incorporated in a French Phonology course either as homework or for in-class presentations on Quebec French. Since it requires some knowledge of linguistics it should be used when the students are acquainted with IPA transcription and descriptive terminology. It can also be incorporated in online instruction.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Phono is very easy to use. Due to its consistent interface (same descriptive format for all phenomena) the readers learn quickly how to retrieve the information and listen to the samples.
Features of concern/recommendations: 1) In some instances, the listeners may not perceive clearly the differences between Quebec French and standard French.2) The SIL IPA fonts work well with Explorer, but may not appear correctly with Netscape Navigator or on a Mac.
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