ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009

Probabilistic effects on French [t] duration

Francisco Torreira, Mirjam Ernestus

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 speaker’s planning of upcoming words, and to the speaker’s adaptation to the listener’s needs.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-160

Cite as: Torreira, F., Ernestus, M. (2009) Probabilistic effects on French [t] duration. Proc. Interspeech 2009, 448-451, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-160

  author={Francisco Torreira and Mirjam Ernestus},
  title={{Probabilistic effects on French [t] duration}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2009},