14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Taiwanese Tone Sandhi Viewed from an Intensity Perspective

Fran H.-L. Jian

Dept. Linguistic Science, University of Reading, UK

Tone sandhi is a phenomenon that occurs in tone languages such as Taiwanese, Mandarin and Cantonese. It is a set of rules that defines how words placed at specific positions in sentences carry particular linguistic tones or fundamental frequency contours. Most investigations into Taiwanese are of an impressionistic nature and the few acoustic studies are limited to the study of fundamental frequency. In this work we study the effect of tone sandhi on the intensity contour in Taiwanese speech materials. The results show that short tone words subject to tone sandhi are not only significantly modified in the fundamental frequency domain but changes in the intensity contour can be measured.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jian, Fran H.-L. (1999): "Taiwanese tone sandhi viewed from an intensity perspective", In ICPhS-14, 2387-2390.