Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

Variations in the Realization of the French Accentual Phrase in the Light of Language Contact

Guri Bordal (1,2), Mathieu Avanzi (3), Nicolas Obin (4), Alice Bardiaux (5)

(1) University of Oslo, Norway; (2) MoDyCo, UMR 7114, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, France
(3) Chaire de linguistique française, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
(4) IRCAM-CNRS UMR 9912-STMS, Paris, France; (5)FNRS, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

In this paper we discuss French prosody in the light of language contact. Data of three contact varieties of French are compared with two varieties spoken in monolingual contexts. The data are semi-automatically processed, and three prosodic features are analyzed: metrical weight of the Accentual Phrases (AP), respect of AP formation constraints, and realizations of sandhi phenomena. Rhythmic constraints and speech rate measurements are also considered. Our findings suggest that the contact varieties share several features with word prosodic systems.

Index Terms: French Prosody, Accentual Phrase, Language contact, Lexical Prosody, Prominence, Tones

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Bibliographic reference.  Bordal, Guri / Avanzi, Mathieu / Obin, Nicolas / Bardiaux, Alice (2012): "Variations in the realization of the French accentual phrase in the light of language contact", In SP-2012, 442-445.