Peaks and valleys of a stress group in three geographically distant varieties of French in contact and non-contact settings

Svetlana Kaminskaia


Previous studies of intonation in regional French showed differences in tonal alignment in comparison with the Standard variety. While high tones are timed similarly in Québec and Vendée French, they showed different secondary associations depending on whether they accompanied primary or secondary stresses [3]. As Ontario French is genetically related to these two dialects and dominated by the majority English language, it is necessary to understand the extent of tonal variation in contact: does it concern the tonal alignment only or tonal alignment and association? Considering low and high tonal targets, this pilot study suggests that high tones have the same association in all three datasets but appear more peripherally in Ontario. The low tones appear to demonstrate differences in association and alignment in the contact dialect. Thus, intonation of French spoken in a majority and a minority settings shows phonetic and phonological differences.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-28

Cite as: Kaminskaia, S. (2018) Peaks and valleys of a stress group in three geographically distant varieties of French in contact and non-contact settings. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 138-142, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-28.


@inproceedings{Kaminskaia2018,
  author={Svetlana Kaminskaia},
  title={Peaks and valleys of a stress group in three geographically distant varieties of French in contact and non-contact settings},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={138--142},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-28},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-28}
}