14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
Thirty 10-minute spontaneous speech/dialogue were recorded from live radio and TV programs broadcast in Hong Kong. The speech samples were carefully transcribed by two experienced investigators. Only those speech samples transcribed consistently by the two investigators were used to measure the frequency of occurrence of all Cantonese word initials, finals, and tones. Results indicated a similar pattern of distribution of Cantonese initials and finals to that reported by Fok  in 1979, with the exceptions of [n] and [l], [kWH] and [kH], and [kW] and [k]. Such differences are believed to be related to the sociolinguistic change of the speech pattern in the current generation. Findings in tones also revealed a similar distribution as reported by Fok .
Bibliographic reference. Ng, Manwa L. / Kwok, Irene C. L. (1999): "Frequency of occurrence of Cantonese word initials, finals, and tones", In ICPhS-14, 797-799.