Specific contribution of tonal and duration cues to the syntactic parsing of French

Amandine Michelas, Mariapaola D'Imperio

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Abstract

This study addresses the question of the separate contribution of tonal and duration cues in prosodic boundary marking and their effect in syntactic parsing in French. We used pairs of Noun Phrases whose segmental structure was identical but differing in the potential placement of an Accentual Phrase (AP) or Intermediate Phrase (ip) boundary at their right edge. We artificially manipulated the acoustic cues at AP/ip boundaries to obtain a set of stimuli marked either by one type of cue (either tonal or duration cues) or by both indices. In a two forced-choice completion task (PP-choice or VP-choice), participants gave more PP responses when an AP boundary was marked, either by both cues or only by duration indices, relative to when an ip boundary was present. Specifically, for the ip-boundary level to be identified, participants needed the presence of both types of cues to correctly complete the sentence. These results offer a new understanding of the separate role of acoustic cues in prosodic boundary marking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2012
PublisherTongji University Press
Pages147-150
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9787560848693
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2012, SP 2012 - Shanghai, China
Duration: May 22 2012May 25 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2012
Volume1

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2012, SP 2012
Country/TerritoryChina
CityShanghai
Period5/22/125/25/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering

Keywords

  • Accentual phrase
  • French
  • Intermediate phrase
  • Pitch accent scaling
  • Preboundary lengthening
  • Prosodic boundary
  • Syntactic parsing

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