ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2002
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2002

Functions of the French initial accent: a preliminary study

Corine Astésano, Ellen Gurman Bard, Alice Turk

Previous studies have proposed that the French phonological system includes an Initial Accent on lexical words, which has rhythmic functions. Descriptions of English prosody propose that phonological phrases may have an early accent as a boundary marker. We report results from a preliminary production experiment, which tested the structural and rhythmic functions of the F0 of initial syllables. Our results showed that the F0 is used in French as a (left) phrase boundary marker, and that its value appeared to be correlated to prosodic constituent length.


Cite as: Astésano, C., Bard, E.G., Turk, A. (2002) Functions of the French initial accent: a preliminary study. Proc. Speech Prosody 2002, 139-142

@inproceedings{astesano02_speechprosody,
  author={Corine Astésano and Ellen Gurman Bard and Alice Turk},
  title={{Functions of the French initial accent: a preliminary study}},
  year=2002,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2002},
  pages={139--142}
}