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ERIC Number: EJ944143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1481-868X
Pausing Preceding and Following "Que" in the Production of Native Speakers of French
Genc, Bilal; Mavasoglu, Mustafa; Bada, Erdogan
Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, v14 n1 p144-154 2011
Pausing strategies in read and spontaneous speech have been of significant interest for researchers since in literature it was observed that read speech and spontaneous speech pausing patterns do display some considerable differences. This, at least, is the case in the English language as it was produced by native speakers. As to what may be the case in French, this study was conducted with a specific focus on the "que" particle. The study reports on the audio recordings produced by native speakers of French (NSF), and aims to identify different silent pausing strategies as they were employed by these speakers. The audio recordings were provided in a twofold procedure: while 17 NSF watched the French version of the animated cartoon, "Scrooge", and then commented on its various themes, 10 of these participants read a short story, "Les Jumeaux" aloud to a digital audio recorder. Considerable attention was given to pausing preceding (PP) and following (PF) the "que" particle in "que" phrases as well as to the duration of this particle. Obtained results display significant differences between pausing preceding and following "que" both in spontaneous and read speech. Pausing preceding "que" was observed to be significantly longer than the following position in read speech, in spontaneous speech, however, it was just the opposite. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics / Association canadienne de linguistique appliquee. Departement de langues, linguistique et traduction, Pavillon de Koninck, Universite Laval, Quebec, QC G1K 7P4, Canada. Web site:
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Language: English
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