bâiller vs bailler

I came across bâiller and I looked it up and it means to yawn or be half-open. However bailler, without the circumflex, means to confer or bestow.

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but a circumflex in French is just to denote were a vowel used to go (or something used to be). I didn't pay attention much because effectively it doesn't change the pronunciation, or does it? I looked it up and both versions, according to google, is the same, but they are wrong at times. So is there a pronunciation difference?

If not, I guess verbally you would know one word is being used over the other in the same way as if they were one word with various meanings and context would tell you the appropriate one?

November 11, 2017


It would appear they are pronounced exactly the same:

If you listen to spl0uf you can compare the same person doing both pronunciations.

November 12, 2017

Bâiller et bailler se prononcent pareil mais bailler est un verbe très peu usité comme bayer qui est un autre verbe également peu usité. Ces deux derniers verbes ne sont utilisés que dans certaines expressions : vous me la baillez belle ( vous me surprenez) et bayer aux corneilles ( rêvasser)

November 14, 2017

in some words the circumflex changes the pronunciation, for example jeune is pronounced /ʒœn/ and jeûne is pronounced /ʒøn/

ê is usually pronounced /ɛ/ (not /e/) and â is usually pronounced /ɑ/ (not /a/)

tho many people don't distinguish between these sounds, like I've never understood the difference between them

November 12, 2017

La prononciation de jeune et de jeûne sont un peu différentes. Leur signification est différente : jeune means Young et jeûne means fasting ( when we do not eat)

November 14, 2017
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