February 3, 2011 12:18 PM Subscribe
French pronunciation: Schwa at the end of words that end in consonant plus final 'e'?
posted by Paquda to Writing & Language (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Trying to figure out principles of French pronunciation...am listening to a recording of a poem ('Le pont Mirabeau' by Apploinaire). Recording here
In the line
"Sous le pont Mirabeau coule la Seine"
I hear a schwa at the end of 'coule'. Am I hearing right? Is this the way all words ending in consonant+e are pronounced?
I also hear the schwa at the end of 'vienne' and 'sonne' in the line
"Vienne la nuit sonne l’heure"
I'm confused because even though I learned a bit of French as a kid, I don't remember this sound at the end of words. Or am I hearing gemination of the final consonant--I mean, is this just because the final consonant is doubled and you pronounce it doubly-long?