8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

Comparing Intonation of Two Varieties of French using Normalized F0 Values

Svetlana Kaminskaia, Francois Poire

The University of Western Ontario, Canada

Normalized F0 values measured from a specific prosodic domain (the Accentual Phrase, AP) are used in order to compare readings from four female speakers of two varieties of French: two Canadians (Quebec City area) and two French (Vendee area). Comparisons are based on APs showing similar internal organization (contour, number of syllables, timing contour-to-text) and identical position within an utterance. Normalized F0 values show greater extra-variety variation than intra-variety for specific parts of the contours, namely the L tones of LLH continuation contour and the first L and H tones of LHL final contour. Perceptual experiments will be later conducted based on these findings.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kaminskaia, Svetlana / Poire, Francois (2004): "Comparing intonation of two varieties of French using normalized F0 values", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 1305-1308.