Speech Prosody 2004
A production study examined the structure of French intonational rises. Prosodic phrases with a two-rise pattern (LHLH) were most common. Phrase length, expressed either in number of syllables or in clock time, was the best predictor of the realization of the two-rise pattern. Several other patterns were observed, including one not reported in the literature. I argue, following , that the early and late rises are structurally different: the LH of the late rise is a bitonal pitch accent, while the the LH of the early rise is a bitonal phrase accent. I revise my account () of the association of the L of this phrase accent.
Bibliographic reference. Welby, Pauline (2004): "The structure of French intonational rises: a study of text-to-tune alignment", In SP-2004, 127-130.