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Fine phonetic details for discourse marker disambiguation: a corpus-based investigation

Abstract : In this study we examine phonetic variation of discourse markers in French, using for this purpose the 4-hour richly annotated LOCAS-F corpus. Both linguistic factors and stylistic variables are considered: speech style, part-of-speech category, mean phone duration and vowel formant distributions with respect to the word status. The results show that the use of discourse markers increases with the degree of spontaneity of the speech. Coordinating conjunctions are the part-of-speech which is most frequently used for discourse markers. Moreover, the mean phone duration tends to be shorter and the vowel space more centralized when words are employed as discourse markers, suggesting that discourse markers undergo hypoarticulation and, more generally, reduction.
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Yaru Wu, Mathilde Hutin, Ioana Vasilescu, Lori Lamel, Martine Adda-Decker, et al.. Fine phonetic details for discourse marker disambiguation: a corpus-based investigation. DiSS 2021,the 10th Workshop on Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech, Aug 2021, Saint-Denis, France. pp.23-28. ⟨hal-03706218⟩



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