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the difference between liaisons and enchainement

I need help I don't understand what enchainements are and what's the difference between them and liaisons >-

July 1, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

'Enchaînement is the phenomenon whereby the consonant sound at the end of a word is transferred to the beginning of the word that follows it. Unlike liaisons, which cause otherwise silent letters to be pronounced, with enchaînement, the consonant would be pronounced whether or not it was followed by a word beginning with a vowel or mute H.'

Source (with audio examples): https://www.thoughtco.com/using-enchainement-in-french-pronunciation-4078891


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RubaRababa

I get it now ! thank you so much for your help!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaynardHogg

Another year, another plug for this excellent reference.

ThoughtCo. "Using Enchainement in French Pronunciation." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/using-enchainement-in-french-pronunciation-4078891 (accessed June 12, 2019).

Enchaînement [a.k.a. resyllabification] is the phenomenon whereby the consonant sound at the end of a word is transferred to the beginning of the word that follows it. Unlike liaisons, which cause otherwise silent letters [sic] to be pronounced, with enchaînement, the consonant would be pronounced whether or not it was followed by a word beginning with a vowel or mute H.

Note that the consonant is not necessarily the last letter of the word, simply the last sound of the word: elle est = [e le]. Also, note that in the last example [entre eux = [ã.tʁœ]] the consonants t and r are joined, so they are both tacked on to the word that follows.

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