I set Waze (the driving directions program) to give me driving instructions in French, just on a whim to hear more French - I'm an advanced beginner level student.
And what I can't help noticing every time is that of the two instructions for turning, the French voice in Waze - I believe there's only one there, called "Morgan" - pronounces "tournez à gauche" without liaison, and "tournez à droite" with [z]. It's very noticeable and unmistakable. And it's also very clear that it's the same person speaking.
Why would they do it this way? It's a trifle I'm sure, but I can't get it out of my mind.
- Maybe the speaker actually consistently pronounces these phrases differently, turning left without liaison and right with? Does that sort of thing happen frequently?
- Perhaps it was just a situational choice when recording the sentences, and to native French speakers the two ways to pronounce sound so similar that they don't even notice there's anything odd?
- Or, on the contrary, maybe they deliberately recorded the two sentences differently, so that when there's background noise in the car, people learn over time to recognize the right direction better?
- Anything else I can't think of?