14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999


Regularity, Melodicity, and Stereotyping, in French and English Intonation Systems

Anthony Hind

Université Paris VII - Denis Diderot & Université Paris X - Nanterre, France

Within an autosegmental framework, I will argue that it is necessary to distinguish two types of strongly melodic realisation.
   The first concerns the organisation of tones within a single T.G. (intra-contour patterning) typical of the “chant” or “the melodic cliche” frequently discussed in the literature
   The second concerns the rhythmic organisation of contours between themselves possibly across T.G.s(inter-contour patterning) for which the term “Sing-songy”, or “Swinging” realisation, would seem more appropriate.
   After comparing the stress-aligned pattern of an English professional chant with the syllable alignment of similar patterns described for French, I will contrast the form and function of “Sing-songy” variants in English and French. In particular I will examine the contour used by two French children ‘transferred’ from the ‘il etait une fois’ scene-setting stereo-type, which they developed to set the premise in their own ‘let's pretend’ games.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hind, Anthony (1999): "Regularity, melodicity, and stereotyping, in French and English intonation systems", In ICPhS-14, 1293-1296.