Help Pronouncing Middle French

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pnagami
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Post by pnagami » December 9th, 2017, 5:09 pm

Hi Everyone,

I am trying to learn how to pronounce Middle French (14th to early 17th century).

Martin Geeson's beautiful reading of Charles d'Orléan's "À ce jour de
Saint Valentin" was a helpful place to begin!

I see that most of the archaic "s"s are not pronounced.

I would be most grateful for any tips anyone can give me, especially about the pronunciation of verb endings in "oi", rather than the modern "ai" as in "venoit" for the third-person singular imperfect indicative of venir.

My best,

Pam
"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Post by samanthawilson » February 15th, 2018, 12:32 am

Hi Pam,

I've been always interested in linguistics, pronunciation in particular. Currently, I'm learning French and German. :)

Here's a broad discussion of what you are looking for - https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/french-developments-of-oi.1842950/. The historical backgrounds, the pronunciation, etc. Hope that helps.

Warmly,

Samantha
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Post by pnagami » February 15th, 2018, 7:01 am

Thank you so much Samantha!
This will be very helpful to me!

Pam
"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Post by samanthawilson » February 15th, 2018, 11:41 pm

Glad to know that the info is helpful :)

Hugs,
Samantha
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Post by pnagami » February 16th, 2018, 2:56 pm

It was worth the wait!

Pam
"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm."

Robert Louis Stevenson

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