|Title||Quelques différences typiques entre le système phonétique du français et du bulgare|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1990|
|Journal||Съпоставително езикознание / Сопоставительное языкознание / Contrastive linguistics|
|Keywords||Contrastive Studies; съпоставителни изследвания|
A generalized contrastive analysis of the French and the Bulgarian phonetic systems is made, with a focus on vowels. Some basic articulatory and structural differences are established. While contemporary French features a comparatively tense, primarily front and markedly labial way of articulation of vowels, Bulgarian features a comparatively loose, primarily back and non-labial way of articulation. In contrast to French, where nasal vowels function as separate phonemes, the nasalized vowels in Bulgarian are to be viewed as positional variants of the corresponding oral vowels. Along with these peculiarities, the difference between the accent patterns of the two languages is pointed out.