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

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

Performance Structures of Mathematical Formulae

Bleicke Holm (1), Gérard Bailly (1), Colette Laborde (2)

(1) Institut de la Communication Parlée - CNRS/INPG/U3; (2) Laboratoire Leibniz - CNRS/INPG/UJF
Grenoble, France

We analyse here the prosodic structures of spoken algebraic equations read by one French speaker. The rhythmic structures of the utterances are characterised using the “performance structure” paradigm introduced by Grosjean et al. We show that the observed performance structures are qualitatively largely determined by syntactic structure and quantitatively largely influenced by phonotactic constraints especially for the attachment of mathematical operators. These data are then confronted to a superpositional model of intonation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Holm, Bleicke / Bailly, Gérard / Laborde, Colette (1999): "Performance structures of mathematical formulae", In ICPhS-14, 1297-1300.