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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2007

FR 392K • Prosody and Intonation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36415 MW
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
HRH 2.106C

Course Description

While FR383K is almost exclusively concerned with segmental processes and distribution, this course focuses on the suprasegmentals of the French language and their organization in prosody and intonation. It is organized in two halves:
The first part of the course deals with specific issues relating to the prosody of French: lexical length, accentuation, rhythm, weight, metrics, etc... . The emphasis will bear on the higher levels of the prosodic hierarchy.
The second part of the course will focus specifically on the study of intonation. Several theoretical models will be investigated and evaluated, but the bulk of the work will involve pitch tracking documentation and experimentation at the level of discourse, using PRAAT software.
This course will be given in French.

Grading Policy

Two short projects will be presented and submitted, one on prosody and one on intonation. Their quality will determine the final grade.
No final exam.



Blackboard postings which include excerpts from:
Bertinetto, P. M. 1979. Reflexions on the dichotomy "stress" vs. "syllable-timing". Revue de phonétique appliquée 93: 99-130.
Delais-Roussarie, E. 1995. Pour une approche parallèle de la structure prosodique. Toulouse: UTLM.
Delais-Roussarie, E. 2005. Etudes et modélisations des interfaces prosodiques. Paris: CNRS.
Di Cristo, A. 1998. Intonation in French. Intonation Systems, p. 195-219. Cambridge: CUP.
Fikkert, P. 1994. On the Acquisition of Prosodic Structure. HIL-6. The Hague: HAC.
Hayes, B. 1995. Metrical Stress Theory. Univ. of Chicago Press.
Hirst, D. & A. Di Cristo. 1998. A Survey of Intonation Systems. Intonation Systems, p. 1-45. Cambridge: CUP.
Jun, S.A. & C. Fougeron. 2002. A phonological model of French intonation. Intonation: models analysis and implications. Cambridge: CUP.
Laks, B. 1997. Phonologie accentuelle.Sciences du Langage. Paris: CNRS Editions.
Leach, P. 1988. French intonation: tone or tune. Journal international de phonétique appliquée 18, 2:125-139.
Post, B. 2000. Tonal and Phrasal Structures in French Intonation. The Hague: LOT.
Sluijter, A. 1995. Phonetic correlates of Stress and Accent. HIL-15. The Hague: HAC.


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