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Consonant and Tone Interaction in Cantonese

Tse, Holman (2012) Consonant and Tone Interaction in Cantonese. In: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Grad Expo, 22 March 2012 - 22 March 2012, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

In this presentation, I discuss results from a statistical analysis of the acoustic properties of the speech of six native speakers of Cantonese. The particular research question investigated was whether or not tone in Cantonese has an effect on a property known as Voice Onset Time (VOT), a measurement of the duration of what are known as "stop" consonants, and whether this effect is purely a phonetic consequence of how tonal distinctions are produced or whether these effects are mediated by abstract tonal categories. Previous research examining the relationship between tone and VOT in other languages (including Mandarin, Hakka, Shanghainese, Taiwanese, Mazatec, and Kera) has shown mixed results. The study presented here contributes to this research literature by adding Cantonese to the list of tonal languages that have already been investigated. Results from an ANOVA test on the Cantonese data showed that there is a statistically significant effect (p


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tse, Holmanhbt3@pitt.eduHBT3
Date: 22 March 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Event Title: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Grad Expo
Event Dates: 22 March 2012 - 22 March 2012
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
Refereed: Yes
Official URL: http://www.pitt.edu/~gradexpo/2012/
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Additional Information: Awarded Outstanding Presentation Award
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 14:15
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:59
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/26114

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