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

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

Register Used as a Sociogeographic Indicator

Monique Demers

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada

The notion of register here corresponds to that of the voice F0 level (mean F0) as well as that of the F0 range (F0max-F0min). These prosodic parameters are studied through a spontaneous corpus of male voices in two varieties of French, the French from Quebec and the French from France. The results obtained tend to show that the register may be a sociogeographic indicator. In fact, the register appears to be a social indicator: a low register voice and a wide F0 range are in most cases characteristic of speakers who have a high socioprofessional status. Then, we observe that the register may also act as a geographic indicator to distinguish the two dialectal varieties studied: the France voices are generally not as low, but have a slightly wider F0 range than the Quebec voices, if we eliminate the outer values of the F0.

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Bibliographic reference.  Demers, Monique (1999): "Register used as a sociogeographic indicator", In ICPhS-14, 1629-1632.