15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)
This experiment shows that in Northern Vietnamese (NV) progressive tone coarticulation is stronger than anticipatory coarticulation. It also sheds some light on the nature of distinctive features in NV: voice quality measurements show that glottalization is essential to tone contrast, which reduces the role of pitch and leads to a phonological analysis in which each of the 6 tones has a single tonal specification. By combining tone features with a model of phonetic implementation, we can explain why tonal coarticulation is progressive in NV.
Bibliographic reference. Brunelle, Marc (2003): "Tonal coarticulation in Northern Vietnamese", In ICPhS-15, 2673-2676.