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

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

Nuclear Tones in a Tone Language - A Case Study of Kyongsang Korean

Ho-Young Lee (1), Hyun Bok Lee (2)

(1) Pukyong National University, Korea; (2) Seoul National University, Korea

In intonation languages like English and Standard Korean, the major part of the intonational meaning of a tune is conveyed by the "nuclear tone", the intonation pattern imposed on the latter part of the intonation group. It is argued in this paper that the same is true in tone languages like Kyongsang Korean. After the relationship between tone and intonation in Kyongsang Korean, and the intonation system of Kyongsang Korean are discussed, five nuclear tones are set up and the intonational meanings of these nuclear tones are discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lee, Ho-Young / Lee, Hyun Bok (1999): "Nuclear tones in a tone language - a case study of Kyongsang Korean", In ICPhS-14, 2391-2394.