Accentuation et niveaux de constituance en français : enjeux phonologiques et psycholinguistiques

Abstract : This article discusses the prosodic characteristics of French, in light of a metrical and perceptual analysis of various speaking styles. Our results lead us to propose the level of the prosodic word (pw) as the basic level of representation of French accentuation. This strong proposition, which has never been empirically attested to date, is based on two major results: listeners can perceive the final accent independently from intonation boundaries, at all levels of constituency; the processing of accentuation, particularly the initial accent, takes place at the lowest level of prosodic constituency (pw). The surface bipolar accentual demarcation of the lexical word invites us to reinterpret the status of accentuation in French and to question the notion of stress deafness in French.
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Corine Astésano, Roxane Bertrand. Accentuation et niveaux de constituance en français : enjeux phonologiques et psycholinguistiques. Langue française, Armand Colin, 2016, La prosodie du français : accentuation et phrasé, pp.11-30. ⟨hal-02149290⟩

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