Speech Prosody 2004

Nara, Japan
March 23-26, 2004

The Structure of French Intonational Rises: A Study of Text-to-Tune Alignment

Pauline Welby

Institut de la Communication Parlée, CNRS UMR 5009, INPG, Univ. Stendhal, Grenoble, France

A production study examined the structure of French intonational rises. Prosodic phrases with a two-rise pattern (LHLH) were most common. Phrase length, expressed either in number of syllables or in clock time, was the best predictor of the realization of the two-rise pattern. Several other patterns were observed, including one not reported in the literature. I argue, following [1], that the early and late rises are structurally different: the LH of the late rise is a bitonal pitch accent, while the the LH of the early rise is a bitonal phrase accent. I revise my account ([2]) of the association of the L of this phrase accent.


  1. Jun, S.-A. and Fougeron, C., 2002. Realizations of accentual phrase in french. Probus, 14:147-172.
  2. Welby, P., 2002. The realization of early and late rises in French: a production study. In B. Bel and I. Marlien, editors, Proc. Speech Prosody 2002, 695-698, Aix-en-Provence.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Welby, Pauline (2004): "The structure of French intonational rises: a study of text-to-tune alignment", In SP-2004, 127-130.