ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2002
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2002

The prosody of post-focus sequences in French

Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie, A. Rialland, Jenny Doetjes, J. M. Marandin

In French, the prosody associated with post-focus sequences is usually described a steadily flat, the suppression of any tonal variation being explained by the semantic and pragmatic content of these sequences. This paper aims to show that postfocus sequences may be realized in different ways. An experimental analysis of various post-focus sequences has shown that three distinct prosodic realizations may be distinguished, each realization being constraint along two dimensions: the length of the post-focus sequences, i.e. its metrical organization; the information conveyed by the sequence, and more specifically its relation to the discourse topic organization and the discourse status of the discourse referent the sequence contains.


Cite as: Delais-Roussarie, E., Rialland, A., Doetjes, J., Marandin, J.M. (2002) The prosody of post-focus sequences in French. Proc. Speech Prosody 2002, 239-242

@inproceedings{delaisroussarie02_speechprosody,
  author={Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie and A. Rialland and Jenny Doetjes and J. M. Marandin},
  title={{The prosody of post-focus sequences in French}},
  year=2002,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2002},
  pages={239--242}
}