ISCA Archive Interspeech 2006
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2006

Identification of regional accents in French: perception and categorization

Cecile Woehrling, Philippe Boula de Mareüil

This article is dedicated to the perceptual identification of French varieties by listeners from the surroundings of Paris and Marseilles. It is based on the geographical localization of about forty speakers from 6 Francophone regions: Normandy, Vendee, Romand Switzerland, Languedoc and the Basque Country. Contrary to the speech type (read or spontaneous speech) and the listeners' region of origin, the speakers' degree of accentedness has a major effect and interacts with the speakers' age. The origin of the oldest speakers (who have the strongest accent according to Paris listeners' judgments) is better recognized than the origin of the youngest speakers. However confusions are frequent among the Southern varieties. On the whole, three accents can be distinguished (by clustering and multidimensional scaling techniques): Northern French, Southern French and Romand Swiss.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2006-303

Cite as: Woehrling, C., Boula de Mareüil, P. (2006) Identification of regional accents in French: perception and categorization. Proc. Interspeech 2006, paper 1261-Wed1A3O.3, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2006-303

  author={Cecile Woehrling and Philippe {Boula de Mareüil}},
  title={{Identification of regional accents in French: perception and categorization}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2006},
  pages={paper 1261-Wed1A3O.3},