SyllabO+: A new tool to study sublexical phenomena in spoken Quebec French.

TitleSyllabO+: A new tool to study sublexical phenomena in spoken Quebec French.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBédard, P, Audet, A-M, Drouin, P, Roy, J-P, Rivard, J, Tremblay, P
JournalBehav Res Methods
Date Published2017 Oct

Sublexical phonotactic regularities in language have a major impact on language development, as well as on speech processing and production throughout the entire lifespan. To understand the impact of phonotactic regularities on speech and language functions at the behavioral and neural levels, it is essential to have access to oral language corpora to study these complex phenomena in different languages. Yet, probably because of their complexity, oral language corpora remain less common than written language corpora. This article presents the first corpus and database of spoken Quebec French syllables and phones: SyllabO+. This corpus contains phonetic transcriptions of over 300,000 syllables (over 690,000 phones) extracted from recordings of 184 healthy adult native Quebec French speakers, ranging in age from 20 to 97 years. To ensure the representativeness of the corpus, these recordings were made in both formal and familiar communication contexts. Phonotactic distributional statistics (e.g., syllable and co-occurrence frequencies, percentages, percentile ranks, transition probabilities, and pointwise mutual information) were computed from the corpus. An open-access online application to search the database was developed, and is available at . In this article, we present a brief overview of the corpus, as well as the syllable and phone databases, and we discuss their practical applications in various fields of research, including cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, experimental psychology, phonetics, and phonology. Nonacademic practical applications are also discussed, including uses in speech-language pathology.

Alternate JournalBehav Res Methods
PubMed ID27837569
Grant ListWilbrod Bhérer scholarship from the Faculté de M / / Université Laval / United States
430-2013-1084 / / Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada / United States
27170 / / Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé / United States
31408 / / Canada Foundation for Innovation / United States