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I noticed that some people from Saint Étienne tend to pronounce "genre" like "jarre". Are there other words with such pronunciation alteration in Saint Étienne and around?

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Peux-tu préciser un peu ta question ? S'agit-il de la prononciation de la consonne /ʒ/ ou de la voyelle, la voyelle /ɑ̃ / étant normalement nasalisée mais que le français méridional (sous l'influence de l'occitan) a tendance à prononcer comme une voyelle orale /a/. –  Laure Jul 14 at 10:45
    
@Laure Prononciation de la consonne /ʒ/. –  Franck Dernoncourt Jul 14 at 15:38
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Le /ʒ/ en consonne d'attaque de ces deux mots est la prononciation normale. J'avoue que je n'ai jamais entendu autre chose, même en dehors de Saint-Étienne. –  Laure Jul 14 at 15:59
    
@Laure Sorry I didn't mean the consonne, but the voyelle /ɑ̃ /. Regarding the pronunciation of the first consonant in genre, I don't remember whether it was the same as in jarre. –  Franck Dernoncourt Jul 14 at 16:03

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In the south, French people have the tendency to open their vowels much more. Another example would be "un bouquet de roses" : in the north and centre, we say something closer to "rôôôses", whereas in the south, you will almost hear "rases". It is just part of the southern accent.

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To add to Leni's answer, natives of Saint-Etienne and the Loire département often have a specific accent that sounds a bit like some Southern accents but with longer, more twisted /ɑ̃/ vowels among other differences.

You can have a taste of it in this parody interview of Loire-born former national football team coach Aimé Jacquet, although it might not be a 100% accurate reproduction.

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