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Query:   French Lip Rounding
Author:  Ian Wilson
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Phonetics

Summary:   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:

However, Cote & Morrison (2004) recently failed to replicate this result with a Quebecois speaker.

Here's their LabPhon 9 poster:

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

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

LL Issue: 15.3479
Date Posted: 13-Dec-2004
Original Query: Read original query


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