ERIC Number: ED039787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
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Studies in French Grammar and Phonology.
Benguerel, Andre-Pierre; Grundstrom, Allan W.
The monograph contains two papers. The first presents a generative grammar for verbal forms in French. It consists of an ordered set of rewrite rules and a set of tables. It generates all existing verbal forms without generating any non-existing ones. The departure from an ordinary generative grammar lies in the use of a tabular form for presenting the lexical material. This return to a presentation often found in traditional grammars has several advantages. The second paper is concerned with a study of the acoustical characteristics of interrogative intonation in French. In order to avoid non-intonational cues the study is restricted to yes-no questions. The prosodic contours investigated were of the average fundamental voice frequency. The results of the experimental study indicate that the interrogative status of many utterances can be consistently identified on the basis of their intonation. (Author)
Descriptors: Acoustic Phonetics, Acoustics, Articulation (Speech), Descriptive Linguistics, French, Grammar, Intonation, Linguistic Theory, Listening Comprehension, Modern Languages, Phonology, Poetry, Speech, Syntax, Transformational Generative Grammar, Verbs
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Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA. Directorate of Information Science.
Authoring Institution: Speech Communications Research Lab., Inc., Santa Barbara, CA.
Note: SCRL Monograph n4