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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Title: Vers une modélisation continue de la structure prosodique: le cas des proéminences syllabiques
Author: Mathieu Avanzi
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Institution: Université de Neuchâtel
Author: Ann Lacheret-Dujour
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Author: Nciolas Obin
Institution: Institut De Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique
Author: Bernard Victorri
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Subject Language: French
Abstract: L'objectif de cet article est de présenter un outil développé en vue de modéliser semi-automatiquement la structure prosodique du français. Sur la base d'un alignement en phonèmes, notre système procède à la détection des syllabes proéminentes en prenant en considération des critères acoustiques basiques tels que la f0, la durée et la présence de pauses. À partir des mesures ainsi prises, le système attribue un degré de proéminence à chacune des syllabes identifiées comme saillante. Nous illustrons ensuite les résultats de l'analyse d'extraits du corpus PROSO_FR. Plus précisément, nous comparons l'analyse prosodique de phrases que l'on pourrait faire avec les règles traditionnelles de la phonologie prosodique avec l'analyse conduite par notre logiciel. Nous discutons ainsi de trois règles: la règle de dominance droite, la règle de clash accentuel et la règle des sept syllabes.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 21, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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