Relationship between Perception and Production of Intonation of French in Parkinson’s Disease

Anahita Basirat, Cédric Patin, Caroline Moreau


Parkinson's disease (PD) causes impairments in both perception and production of speech. The link between perception and production disorders in PD is, however, not well known. In this study, we examined whether there is a relationship between perception and production of intonation in French in PD individuals. Fifteen PDs and fifteen age-matched controls discriminated questions and statements in auditory-only, visual-only and audiovisual modalities. They were also asked to produce these utterances while their voice was recorded. Participants had to process intonation cues to discriminate between yes-no questions and statements in the perception task and to mark these utterances in the production task. Our results showed that PDs marked their questions and statements less than controls: the F0 rise at the end of the questions was smaller in PDs and contrary to controls, no F0 fall was observed at the end of the statements produced by PDs. Importantly, PDs who were more impaired in marking questions and statements were poorer at discriminating between these utterances in the perception task. These findings suggest that dysprosody in PD weaken the performance of PD individuals in processing prosody cues during speech perception.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-163

Cite as: Basirat, A., Patin, C., Moreau, C. (2018) Relationship between Perception and Production of Intonation of French in Parkinson’s Disease. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 809-813, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-163.


@inproceedings{Basirat2018,
  author={Anahita Basirat and Cédric Patin and Caroline Moreau},
  title={Relationship between Perception and Production of Intonation of French in Parkinson’s Disease},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={809--813},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-163},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-163}
}