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In Paris, nasal vowels are no longer pronounced as in traditional Parisian French: → , → , → and → . Many distinctions are lost: and , and , and , and and and . Otherwise, some speakers still distinguish and in stressed syllables, but they pronounce the letter "â" as : pâte .

Southern provinces

In the south of France, nasal vowels have not changed and are still pronounced as in traditional Parisian French: ''enfant'' , ''pain'' , ''bon'' and ''brun'' . Many distinctions are lost. At the end of words, most speakers still distinguish and : both ''livré'' and ''livret'' are pronounced . In closed syllables, they no longer distinguish and or and : both ''notre'' and ''nôtre'' are pronounced , and both ''jeune'' and ''jeûne'' are pronounced . The distinctions of and and of and are lost. Older speakers pronounce all ''e''s: ''chaque'' and ''vêtement'' .

Northern provinces

In the north, both and are pronounced as at the end, with ''là'' is pronounced and ''mât'' .


Phonemic long vowels are still maintained: ''pâte'' and ''fête'' . Before , changes to : ''guitare'' is pronounced and ''voir'' .

See also

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