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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Looking for Acoustic Cues of Resyllabification in French

Cécile Fougeron (1), Odile Bagou (2), Alain Content (3), Muriel Stefanuto (2), Ulrich Frauenfelder (2)

(1) Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie-CNRS, France
(2) Université de Geneve, Switzerland
(3) Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

In this paper, we address the question of whether so-called "resyllabification" is total in French. Durational properties of vowels and consonants in a sequence with "enchainement" (V1.C#V2) are compared with phonetically similar sequences containing a word-initial consonant (V1#CV2), and a non-word-initial syllable-onset consonant (V1.CV2). This three-way comparison shows that although inter-speaker and inter-consonant type differences exist, the enchainement consonants generally differ from underlying syllable onsets (word-initial or not) by showing a shorter duration. Moreover, lexical and syllabic boundaries may be differentiated by cues on the pre-consonantal vowel rather than on the initial consonant. These results provide further evidence that resyllabification can be partial in French, and that the surface form of so-called "resyllabified" sequences can preserve cues of their abstract lexical and syllabic structure.

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Bibliographic reference.  Fougeron, Cécile / Bagou, Odile / Content, Alain / Stefanuto, Muriel / Frauenfelder, Ulrich (2003): "Looking for acoustic cues of resyllabification in French", In ICPhS-15, 2257-2260.