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RuakhTALK 23:24, 21 April 2008 (UTC)Reply



Widsith, thanks for procrastinating long enough to add an etymology and pronunciation to my verb entry. I recently started doing French translations for pay, and am coming to rely on Wiktionary for verb conjugations to some extent. As I've needed entries, I've cautiously added a couple of new ones, learning as I go along. Yesterday, I also started adding more shades of definition to entries that are sparse. Hopefully, I can be helpful to the community in this way. The Babylon Larousse I subscribe to doesn't have etymologies. If there's a way for me to pick them up, I'd be happy to add them. I looked at the IPA chart, I doubt if I'm qualified to add pronunciations yet. Is there a way to automatically generate them?

Best regards, Ellenfalls 19:04, 30 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

No problem, we look forward to your further contributions! Some information on French etymology can be found in the Trésor de la Langue Française. Most words come from Latin of course, but you need to be careful to make clear when it is a borrowing. As for pronunciation, Wikipedia has a useful page at w:French phonology if you want to find out more. If you are working a lot with French, I highly recommend Peter Rickard's small but excellent book A History of the French Language, which is a great introduction to where French words came from and how the sounds have changed. Widsith 09:29, 1 May 2008 (UTC)Reply