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On Thu, 12 Oct 2000 15:07:31 +0200, Christophe Grandsire
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>En réponse à Yoon Ha Lee <[log in to unmask]>:

>E-mail is simply rendered as "e-mail" (pronounced /i'mEl/). There's been
an
>attempt from the French Academy to introduce the made up word "mél" /mel/,
but
>the word "e-mail" was already so much in use that it failed. Actually it's
not a
>complete failure, as you often find the word "mél" in forms and resumes,
as it
>makes a nice parallel with "tél.", the abbreviation for "téléphone":
phone. So
>we can consider "mél" as a kind of strange "abbreviation" of "e-mail" :)
>
>Christophe.

So, French permits [e] in closed final syllables?

In the event I ever start a 'Para-French' series, I should know for sure...

And if you tell me that word-final [O] is possible too, I'll consider
such a project seriously ;)


Basilius