Speaker variability in the realization of lexical tones

Chan, Ka Wai (2016) Speaker variability in the realization of lexical tones. International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, 23 (2). pp. 195-214. ISSN 1748-8885

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Abstract

While previous studies on the speaker-discriminatory power of static f0 parameters abound, few have focused on the dynamic and linguistically-structured aspects of f0. Lexical tone offers a case in point for this endeavour. This paper reports an exploratory study on the speaker-discriminatory power of individual lexical tones and of the height relationship of level tone pairs in Cantonese, and the effects of voice level and linguistic condition on their realization. Twenty native Cantonese speakers produced systematically controlled words either in isolation or in a carrier sentence under two voice levels (normal and loud). Results show that f0 height and f0 dynamics are separate dimensions of a tone and are affected voice level and linguistic condition in different ways. Moreover, discriminant analyses reveal that the contours of individual tones and the height differences of level tone pairs are useful parameters for characterizing speakers.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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82226
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Deposited On:
18 Oct 2016 10:32
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Yes
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Published
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09 Aug 2020 04:40