15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


A Phonological Effect on Tonal Alignment in Tokyo Japanese

Takeshi Ishihara

University of Edinburgh, UK

This paper reports part of the results of a large-scale study whose aim is to investigate which aspects of the accentual-phrase-initial F0 rise in Tokyo Japanese are invariant and which are variable, focusing on alignment. Acoustic data were collected with materials varying in segmental composition, accent location and within-utterance position, under different experimental conditions. I present results of normal spoken data which showed consistent alignment of the F0 peak at the beginning of the initial-accented accentual phrase, with a fixed point in the segmental string. It appears that phonological structure plays a significant role in tonal alignment in Tokyo Japanese.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ishihara, Takeshi (2003): "A phonological effect on tonal alignment in Tokyo Japanese", In ICPhS-15, 615-618.