10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Probabilistic Effects on French [t] Duration

Francisco Torreira, Mirjam Ernestus

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands

The present study shows that [t] consonants are affected by probabilistic factors in a syllable-timed language as French, and in spontaneous as well as in journalistic speech. Study 1 showed a word bigram frequency effect in spontaneous French, but its exact nature depended on the corpus on which the probabilistic measures were based. Study 2 investigated journalistic speech and showed an effect of the joint frequency of the test word and its following word. We discuss the possibility that these probabilistic effects are due to the speakerís planning of upcoming words, and to the speakerís adaptation to the listenerís needs.

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Bibliographic reference.  Torreira, Francisco / Ernestus, Mirjam (2009): "Probabilistic effects on French [t] duration", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 448-451.