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Comparative Typology and corpus

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Scientific framework and objectives

The notion of linguistic distance is closely connected to research in phonetico-phonological typologies both at the segmental and suprasegmental levels. Recording and analyzing corpora (specifically, dialectal corpora) lies at the root of the linguistic studies we carry out. We more particularly concentrate on the description of languages belonging to the Afro-Asiatic (especially Arabic and Berber dialects) and the Germanic families (British English dialects). We focus on phonetico-phonological, prosodic, morpho-syntactic, and lexical aspects).


Characterizing several dialects and discriminating among them will lead us to draw a –currently lacking – contrastive typology based on different scales (at the level of a country, a larger area, or a whole linguistic family). A further, connected, aim is to gather large amounts of data; this is an absolute prerequisite for better accounting for the variability inherent to dialects and speakers as well as for building reliable automatic identification models and improving the validity of perceptual experiments.

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  • ACI, Jeune chercheur

  • APN / ATIP


  • Barkat-Defradas, M., Al-Tamimi, J., Benkirane, T., 2003, "Phonetic variation in production and perception of speech: a comparative study of two Arabic dialects.", proc. of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), Barcelone - Espagne, 3-9 september 2003
  • Barkat-Defradas, M., 2005, "Vowel backing & vowel lowering in Arabic vernaculars", in Encyclopedia of Arabic Language & Linguistics , Versteegh, K. (eds), Leiden, Brill
  • Barkat-Defradas, M., 2005, "Vowel raising & vowel fronting in Arabic vernaculars", in Encyclopedia of Arabic Language & Linguistics, Versteegh, K. (eds), Leiden, Brill
  • Farinas, J., Rouas, J.L., Pellegrino, F., André-Obrecht, R., 2005, "Extraction automatique de paramètres prosodiques pour l’identification automatique des langues", Traitement du Signal, 22:2
  • Ferragne, E., Pellegrino, F., 2004, "A comparative account of the suprasegmental and rhythmic features of British English dialects ", proc. of MIDL, Paris, 2004
  • Ferragne, E., Pellegrino , F., 2004, "Diphthongization as a cue for the automatic identification of British English dialects", proc. of 148th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, 2004
  • Ferragne, E., Pellegrino, F., 2004, "Rhythm in read British English: interdialect variability", proc. of 8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Jeju, Korea, 2004
  • Ferragne, E., Pellegrino, F., 2006, "Les systèmes vocaliques des dialectes de l'anglais britannique", actes de XXVIème Journées d’études sur la Parole, Dinard, 12-16 juin 2006, pp. 411-414
  • Ferragne, E., Pellegrino, F., 2007, "Automatic dialect identification: a study of British English", in Speaker Classification II/2, Müller, C., Schötz, S. (eds), Springer, pp. 243-257, Lecture Notes in Computer Science
  • Hamdi, R., 2004, "Identification des langues et des dialectes arabes par le rythme", actes de Journées d'Etudes sur la Parole, Fès, Maroc, 19-22 avril
  • Hamdi, R., Barkat-Defradas, M., Ferragne, E., Pellegrino, F., 2004, "Speech Timing and Rhythmic structure in Arabic dialects", proc. of 8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Jeju, Korea, 2004
  • Mori, L., Barkat-Defradas, M., 2005, "Acoustic properties of foreign accent: VOT variations in morroccan accented italian", proc. of Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech - 9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, Lisbonne, Portugal, Septembre 2005
  • Mori, L., Barkat-Defradas, M., 2004, "VOT e variazione interlinguistica : il caso delle velari sorde aspirate in italiano L2", actes de AISV, Padoue, Italie, Décembre 2004
  • Pellegrino, F. (ed), 2001, "De la caractérisation à l'identification des langues. Actes sélectionnés de la 1ère journée d'étude sur l'identification automatique des langues (19/01/1999, Lyon)", Lyon, Edition en ligne
  • Rouas, J.L., Farinas, J., Pellegrino, F., André-Obrecht, R., 2005, "Rhythmic Unit Extraction and Modelling for Automatic Language Identification", Speech Communication, 47:4, pp. 436-456
  • Rouas, J.L., Barkat-Defradas, M., Pellegrino, F., Hamdi, R., 2006, "Identification automatique des parlers arabes par la prosodie", actes de XXVIème Journées d’études sur la Parole, Dinard, 12-16 juin 2006, pp. 193-196

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