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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Identification of Southern French Accent Based on Suprasegmental Elements

Annelise Coquillon

LPL-CNRS, France

This work focuses on the identification of two different varieties of French on the basis of suprasegmental elements. More precisely, we will show that a perceptual discrimination between Southern French (spoken in the Marseilles area) and a more neutral French (which can be assimilated to standard French) is possible using prosodic cues alone. For this, we used a low-pass filter adapted to each speaker. As these results show the importance of the suprasegmental elements of Marseilles French, we investigated a preliminary research of the prosodic parameters of the corpus. This first investigation enabled us to draw certain trends of this regional accent which will further be discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Coquillon, Annelise (2003): "Identification of Southern French accent based on suprasegmental elements", In ICPhS-15, 587-590.