An articulatory study of rhotic vowels in Canadian French
Keywords:Acoustic analysis, Canadian french, Word lists
AbstractVariability in English raises the question of whether French rhotic vowels are also produced with more than one categorically different tongue posture. To investigate this, ultrasound was used to image the tongues of three Canadian French speakers during production of these vowels. The word list was randomized and presented on a monitor and the subjects advanced through the prompts at their own pace with a remote control. Acoustic analysis of vowels categorized as rhotic- and non-rhotic-sounding reveals that sounding rhotic is associated with low F3, which is an important acoustic cue for English. While the similarities with the English sound are striking, and while Canadian French is obviously in contact with English, it is not clear that the rhotic variant is borrowed from English. Rhotic vowels are also found in a wider range of segmental contexts than had previously been reported.
How to Cite
Copyright on articles is held by the author(s). The corresponding author has the right to grant on behalf of all authors and does grant on behalf of all authors, a worldwide exclusive licence (or non-exclusive license for government employees) to the Publishers and its licensees in perpetuity, in all forms, formats and media (whether known now or created in the future)
i) to publish, reproduce, distribute, display and store the Contribution;
ii) to translate the Contribution into other languages, create adaptations, reprints, include within collections and create summaries, extracts and/or, abstracts of the Contribution;
iii) to exploit all subsidiary rights in the Contribution,
iv) to provide the inclusion of electronic links from the Contribution to third party material where-ever it may be located;
v) to licence any third party to do any or all of the above.