15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

EGG and Spectral Investigations on Final Focalised Positions in French

Cédric Gendrot

Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie-CNRS, France

Electro-glotto-graphic (EGG) measurements and spectral slopes were used to investigate several prosodical aspects in French. The vowels [i], [a] and [u] were studied in a specifically designed corpus of 86 meaningful sentences uttered by two speakers. In each case, two positions were tested: Intonation-Phrase-final and Utterance-final. The +/-Focus parameter was controlled in each case. The results show that the +Focus vowel has a lower open quotient than -Focus vowel. In the case of [a], spectral slope is also significantly higher.

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Bibliographic reference.  Gendrot, Cédric (2003): "EGG and spectral investigations on final focalised positions in French", In ICPhS-15, 547-550.