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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

The Tone-Bound Declination Slope: Evidence from Japanese

Mariko Sugahara

University of Edinburgh, UK

In this paper I show that there are two types of time-dependent downtrend in Tokyo Japanese. One of them is a global declination which unfolds across a wider domain, possibly an Intonational Phrase or an Utterance.
   The other is a "tone-bound" declination, which is a new finding in the intonational studies. I propose in my downtrend model that the tone-bound declination lasts until the tonal value of each tone is achieved and it is reset immediately after that achievement.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sugahara, Mariko (2003): "The tone-bound declination slope: evidence from Japanese", In ICPhS-15, 2613-2616.