Journal article

Fundamental Frequency and Regional Variation in Lifou French

Catalina Torres, Janet Fletcher, Gillian Wigglesworth

Language and Speech | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


This study presents two experiments aimed at investigating tune-to-text alignment and pitch scaling in Lifou French, a variety spoken by bilingual speakers of French and Drehu. Descriptions of New Caledonian French have focussed on language use of European descendants or the variety spoken in the urban region, neglecting emergent varieties spoken by the indigenous population in rural areas, like the island Lifou. Due to the reduced inventory of pitch accents, dialectal variation in French intonation has proved to be difficult to detect, which has led to the assumption that French has a relatively homogeneous intonation system across its varieties. This study shows that fine-grained phonetic ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was conducted with support from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (Project ID: CE140100041).