Session Prosody XI:

Prosody XI: Lexical Tone

Type: oral
Chair: David House
Date: Friday - August 10, 2007
Time: 13:20
Room: 1 (Red)


Prosody XI-1 Tone Production in Whispered Mandarin
Charles Chang, University of California, Berkeley
Yao Yao, University of California, Berkeley
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  Acoustic analyses of voiced and whispered Mandarin Chinese reveal significant differences in duration and intensity among the four lexical tones, differences that are moreover similar across the two phonation types. In contrast to previous claims, however, these differences among the tones are found to shrink in whisper rather than being exaggerated to facilitate perception. Furthermore, individual variation exists in the production of whispered tones, which are found to shorten or lengthen with respect to voiced tones depending on the speaker.
Prosody XI-2 Acoustic analysis of lexical tones in contemporary standard Slovenian
Peter Jurgec, University of Tromsų
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  The present investigation in acoustic properties of tones in Slovenian addresses vowel duration, intensity and fundamental frequency. Although no statistical differences between both lexical tones (or pitch-accents) were found in the first and second variable, the third was found highly significant. The results differ greatly from what was previously established. Roughly, the tone is Low on the stressed and High on all post-tonic syllables, in the first lexical class. In the second, the situation is vice-versa, such that the stressed vowel is High in tone and the rest of prosodic word is Low.
Gilbert Ambrazaitis, Linguistics and Phonetics, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University
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  An exploratory study on the prosodic signaling of 'confirmation' in Swedish is presented. Pairs of subjects read short dialogs, constructed around selected target words, in a conversational style. A falling utterance intonation was found on the target word, and the signaling of word prosody (lexical pitch accent) appeared to be, to a certain degree, optional.

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