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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Tonal Coarticulation in Northern Vietnamese

Marc Brunelle

Cornell University, USA

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.

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Bibliographic reference.  Brunelle, Marc (2003): "Tonal coarticulation in Northern Vietnamese", In ICPhS-15, 2673-2676.