Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

The Prosody of Post-focus Sequences in French

Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie (1), A. Rialland (2), Jenny Doetjes (3), J. M. Marandin (4)

(1) CNRS, UMR 5610/ERSS, Université de Toulouse 2, France
(2) CNRS, UMR 7018/ILPGA, Université de Paris 3, France
(3) UiL OTS, Utrecht University, Netherlands
(4) CNRS, UMR 7110/LLF, Université de Paris 7, France

In French, the prosody associated with post-focus sequences is usually described a steadily flat, the suppression of any tonal variation being explained by the semantic and pragmatic content of these sequences. This paper aims to show that postfocus sequences may be realized in different ways. An experimental analysis of various post-focus sequences has shown that three distinct prosodic realizations may be distinguished, each realization being constraint along two dimensions:

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Bibliographic reference.  Delais-Roussarie, Elisabeth / Rialland, A. / Doetjes, Jenny / Marandin, J. M. (2002): "The prosody of post-focus sequences in French", In SP-2002, 239-242.