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The [o] did not "disappear", it eroded into a schwa sound which was still pronounced in Middle French. That vowel is what the e in those verb conjugation actually represents. You see, with the exception of various fixes that do not even necessarily reflect pronunciation better (like the plural of nouns in -nt, which until the early 18th century were spelled ...


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Almost all verbs ending in -er are conjugated the same, and parler is one of them. For many of them like écouter, danser, présenter, it would change the pronunciation significantly to drop the -e for "je" conjugation. It makes more sense to keep the -e on the "je" (and il/elle/on) conjugation for all regular -er verbs than to have so many "exceptions to the ...



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