LINGUIST List 15.3479

Mon Dec 13 2004

Sum: French Lip Rounding

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        1.    Ian Wilson, French Lip Rounding



Message 1: French Lip Rounding

Date: 11-Dec-2004
From: Ian Wilson <ilwilsoninterchange.ubc.ca>
Subject: French Lip Rounding


Regarding query http://www.linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3329.html#2
 
 Although there were only 2 responses to my query on differences in the
 degree of lip rounding in Quebec French versus European French, there were
 other requests to pass on whatever I learned.
 
 Thanks to Joshua Viau and Geoff Morrison for responding with papers. Here's
 a brief summary of what they told me:
 
 ''Barnes & Kavitskaya (2002) made measurements from one speaker (presumably
 of European French) that suggested schwa's rounding gesture was partially
 retained even in tokens where schwa was ''deleted'' on the surface. Here's
 a link:
 
 http://www.yale.edu/linguist/faculty/BLSHandout.pdf
 
 However, Cote & Morrison (2004) recently failed to replicate this result
 with a Quebecois speaker."
 
 They also provided a link to Cote & Morrison's LabPhon 9 poster:
 
 http://www.ualberta.ca/~gsm2/C%F4t%E9_&_Morrison_%282004%29_Experimental_evidence_and_the_nature_of_the_schwa-zero_alternation_in_French__LabPhon9_poster.pdf
 
 Anecdotally, Geoff's colleague (a Quebecois speaker?) tells him that she
 can spot a European French speaker coming down the street because they have
 a rounded lip position even when they are not speaking. This is an
 interesting observation that is certainly not limited to lip rounding or
 European French. Many (non lip-reading) people have said they can watch
 someone speak without hearing their voice  and tell what language they're
 speaking.
 
 All of this surely relates to one's underlying articulatory setting,
 something I'm trying to measure in our speech lab.
 
 Ian Wilson
 University of British Columbia
 http://www.linguistics.ubc.ca/People/ian.htm
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
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