13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

Inter-gestural Timing in French Nasal Vowels: A Comparative Study of (Liege, Tournai) Northern French vs. (Marseille, Toulouse) Southern French

Véronique Delvaux, Kathy Huet, Myriam Piccaluga, Bernard Harmegnies

Laboratoire de Phonétique, UMons, Mons, Belgium

This paper provides a comparative gestural account of nasal vowels in Southern French (Marseille, Toulouse; France) and in Northern French (Liege, Tournai; Belgium). Timing measurements based on acoustic data confirm a different temporal organisation of the gestures between the two regiolects. We also report on statistical comparisons between phonetic events (such as duration of the Southern French enasal appendixf vs. duration of a plain nasal consonant), that help to confront competing hypotheses concerning the underlying phonological representation of SF nasal vowels.

Index Terms: nasal vowels, timing, cross-regiolect variation, experimental phonology

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Bibliographic reference.  Delvaux, Véronique / Huet, Kathy / Piccaluga, Myriam / Harmegnies, Bernard (2012): "Inter-gestural timing in French nasal vowels: a comparative study of (liege, tournai) northern French vs. (marseille, toulouse) southern French", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 2682-2685.