Approaching variation in PFC

Noël Nguyen

in Varieties of Spoken French

Published in print July 2016 | ISBN: 9780199573714
Published online October 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191818011 | DOI:
Approaching variation in PFC

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Current studies in phonological and phonetic variation make an ever-increasing use of large oral corpora. This has fostered the development of powerful techniques for the processing and analysis of speech data, which include tools for the automatic segmentation, phonetic labelling, and extraction of phonetic parameters from speech recordings, as well as a wide variety of probabilistic data analysis methods. Perceptual experiments have also been conducted to better characterize how phonological/phonetic variation is dealt with in large groups of listeners by means of experimental designs that allow the results to be generalized to yet larger populations. This chapter gives a brief overview of these tools and methods, using as the primary example cross-disciplinary work recently carried out on the distribution and phonetic realization of mid vowels in different varieties of French.

Keywords: vowel harmony; multivariate statistical analyses; regional phonological variation; spoken word recognition

Chapter.  4175 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Phonetics and Phonology ; Sociolinguistics

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