ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2022
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2022

A corpus-based study of /CR/ and /RC/ clusters in French: Prosodic and segmental effects

Qianwen Guan, Yaru Wu, Ioana Chitoran

This paper aims to provide a better understanding of the production of /R/-clusters in a corpus of spoken French. We study word-final CR#, word-final RC#, and word-initial #CR in the LOCAS-F corpus, one of the few French corpora with prosodic annotation (Degand et al. 2014). Different factors are considered in this study in terms of three production outcomes (R-deletion, schwa insertion, and canonical pronunciation of the clusters), including prosodic boundaries, post-lexical context, voicing of the within-word adjacent consonant, speech style, and word frequency. Results reveal that for word-final CR#, 17% of the /R/s are deleted, and 39% of the time a schwa is inserted. Post-lexical context, prosodic boundaries, speech style and word frequency, but not voicing, have significant impact on the realization of CR# clusters. The presence of a major prosodic boundary significantly disfavours R-deletion in word-final CR#. For word-final CR# and RC#, post-lexical consonantal contexts favour non-canonical realizations. Interestingly, for word-final RC#, epenthetic schwa is still observed in 20% of the cases and post-lexical context has a significant influence on the insertions. In word-initial #CR, the canonical pronunciation is systematically observed.


doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-50

Cite as: Guan, Q., Wu, Y., Chitoran, I. (2022) A corpus-based study of /CR/ and /RC/ clusters in French: Prosodic and segmental effects. Proc. Speech Prosody 2022, 244-248, doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-50

@inproceedings{guan22_speechprosody,
  author={Qianwen Guan and Yaru Wu and Ioana Chitoran},
  title={{A corpus-based study of /CR/ and /RC/ clusters in French: Prosodic and segmental effects}},
  year=2022,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2022},
  pages={244--248},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2022-50}
}