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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Study on Phonation Features of Mongolian, Tibetan and Yi Language

Jiayou Chen, Mixia Shen, Xiyu Wu, Jiangping Kong

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

This paper is concerned with the study of phonation features of Mongolian, Tibetan and Yi language, which are languages in China. Among these languages, Tibetan and Yi are tone languages, which belong to Sino-Tibetan language family. Mongolian is not a tone language, which belongs to Altaic language family. The method of acoustical analysis includes: 1) inverse-filtering, which is used to extract glottal source from the speech sound; 2) spectrum tilt (ST) calculating, which is used to quantitate the spectrum feature by dB/oct; and 3) parameter extracting, which is used to extract the parameters of fundamental frequency (F0), speed quotient (SQ) and open quotient (OQ). The result shows: 1) the differences of phonation features exist among these three languages; 2) there are great differences between the phonations of male and female; 3) the correlation of the phonation parameters is studied, from which the nature of these parameters can be described and defined.

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Bibliographic reference.  Chen, Jiayou / Shen, Mixia / Wu, Xiyu / Kong, Jiangping (2003): "Study on phonation features of Mongolian, Tibetan and Yi language", In ICPhS-15, 2177-2180.