Speech Prosody 2002

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

The Prosody of Left Detached Constituents in French

Jenny Doetjes (1), Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie (2), Petra Sleeman (3)

(1) UiL/ OTS, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
(2) CNRS-UMR 5610/ERSS, University of Toulouse 2, France
(3) Department of French, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

It is widely accepted that the prosodic realization of an utterance is sensitive to syntactic and pragmatic information. A one to one mapping between intonational patterns and the syntactic and pragmatic dimensions may be more questionable. In this paper, we investigate the intonation patterns associated with nonfocal left detached constituents in French in order to determine the weight of syntax and discourse information in selecting the intonation of these constituents.

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Bibliographic reference.  Doetjes, Jenny / Delais-Roussarie, Elisabeth / Sleeman, Petra (2002): "The prosody of left detached constituents in French", In SP-2002, 247-250.