5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Effects of Contrastive Focal Accent on Linguopalatal Articulation and Coarticulation in the French [kskl] Cluster

Yohann Meynadier (1), Michel Pitermann (2), Alain Marchal (3)

(1) Laboratoire Parole et Langage, CNRS, ESA 6057 and Institut de Phonetique d'Aix-en-Provence, France
(2) Department of Psychology, Queen's University of Kingston, Canada
(3) CNRS, DR 19, Caen, France

This paper investigates the effects of contrastive focal accent placement on lingual articulation and coarticulation of French [kskl] clusters in word-medial position. The EPG results show that (i) this type of accent does not systematically increase the amplitude, but the duration of linguopalatal constrictions (particularly their release); (ii) it directly lengthens the temporal interval between the articulatory hold phases of two contiguous consonants; (iii) no matter what the accent position is, it can affect the whole cluster; (iv) the gestural co-ordination of biconsonant sequences seemed to vary with the focal accent more according to articulatory than syllable boundary rhythmic constraints.

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Bibliographic reference.  Meynadier, Yohann / Pitermann, Michel / Marchal, Alain (1998): "Effects of contrastive focal accent on linguopalatal articulation and coarticulation in the French [kskl] cluster", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0542.