a1 UCLA Phonetics Laboratory, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1543, USA
a2 Institut de Phonétique, CNRS URA1027, Université Paris III
a3 Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine
The following description of French is based on the speech of a young Parisian female speaker. Varieties of French have almost identical inventories; the main differences are to be found in the maintenance or loss of certain contrasts.