ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2002
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2002

Discourse marking in French: C accents and discourse moves

J. M. Marandin, Claire Beyssade, Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie, A. Rialland

It is currently assumed that the prosodic realization of utterances is sensitive to the Ground/ Focus articulation. However, the discourse thematic organization also plays a crucial role : in German and English, a specific category of pitch accent does play a role in marking discourse move (see [1] and the analysis of B accents in [2]). In this paper, we investigate how discourse moves are expressed in French, in particular prosodically.

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Cite as: Marandin, J.M., Beyssade, C., Delais-Roussarie, E., Rialland, A. (2002) Discourse marking in French: C accents and discourse moves. Proc. Speech Prosody 2002, 471-474

@inproceedings{marandin02_speechprosody,
  author={J. M. Marandin and Claire Beyssade and Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie and A. Rialland},
  title={{Discourse marking in French: C accents and discourse moves}},
  year=2002,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2002},
  pages={471--474}
}