ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2002
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2002

Tonal template for background information: the scaling of pitch in utterance-medial parentheticals in French

Zsuzsanna Fagyal

This paper shows that utterance-medial parentheticals elicited in controlled conditions in French have a typical tonal template, in which pitch is scaled down to some extent in non-intonational phrase-final syllables. Downscaling is implemented primarily as pitch register lowering, while pitch range compression seems speaker-dependent. Results also show remarkable inter-speaker consistency in lowering pitch in edge syllables of minor prosodic units. It is suggested that parentheticals represent a case of ‘extreme’ backgrounding of information, which leads to a more uniform treatment of otherwise gradient pitch range variations.


Cite as: Fagyal, Z. (2002) Tonal template for background information: the scaling of pitch in utterance-medial parentheticals in French. Proc. Speech Prosody 2002, 279-282

@inproceedings{fagyal02_speechprosody,
  author={Zsuzsanna Fagyal},
  title={{Tonal template for background information: the scaling of pitch in utterance-medial parentheticals in French}},
  year=2002,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2002},
  pages={279--282}
}