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On French prosody

Abstract : This report describes the organization of the fundamental frequency (F 0) variations
in French sentences. It is based on the analysis of the Fo patterns of declarative sentences read
by six native speakers of French. The prosodic-syntactic structure has several levels: the prosodic sentence, the prosodic sense-group and the prosodic word. It describes the different strategies used by the speakers, and the effect of the rate of speech. The paper mentions a feature unnoticed in the previous studies in French: the initial rise at the beginning of the lexical words in sentences read in a neutral manner. It describes the effect of the nature of the underlying phonemes on the exact location of the Fo rises and valleys, and the differences between speakers.
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Jacqueline Vaissière. On French prosody. Quaterly Progress Report, Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1974, pp.212- 223. ⟨halshs-00363971⟩



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