Speech Prosody 2008
An experiment was carried out to examine the possibility of word-final F0 rise without lengthening in French. The results show that, although a variability is observed depending on speaker, syllable structure and syllable number, the final rise can be unaccompanied by vowel lengthening in the phrasemedian final syllable of a noun, in difference to the phrasefinal syllable which is lengthened to signal the prosodic boundary. The duration of infra-syllabic components is also investigated.
Bibliographic reference. Nakata, Shunsuke / Meynadier, Yohann (2008): "Final accent and lengthening in French", In SP-2008, 567-570.