Speech Prosody 2008

Campinas, Brazil
May 6-9, 2008

Final Accent and Lengthening in French

Shunsuke Nakata (1,2), Yohann Meynadier (2)

(1) Graduate School of Area and Cultural Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan
(2) Laboratoire Parole et Langage, Université de Provence & CNRS, Aix-en-Provence, France

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.

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Bibliographic reference.  Nakata, Shunsuke / Meynadier, Yohann (2008): "Final accent and lengthening in French", In SP-2008, 567-570.