Interaction of Tone and Voicing in Mizo

Wendy Lalhminghlui, Priyankoo Sarmah

Since the production of fundamental frequency and voicing is determined by the tension in the vocal folds, it is noticed that VOT is affected by the F0 in tone languages. Similarly laryngeal contrasts also affect the F0 of tone. This work studies the interaction between tone and voicing in a lesser-known tone language, Mizo. Mizo has eight stops, that can be categorized into three laryngeal contrasts namely, voiced, voiceless unaspirated, and voiceless aspirated. In the current work, we look into CV syllables produced with the eight Mizo stops with all five vowel categories of the language, produced with four distinct tones in Mizo. The results show a predictable effect of onsets on the F0 of tone and weak effect of tone on VOT duration.

 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2695

Cite as: Lalhminghlui, W., Sarmah, P. (2020) Interaction of Tone and Voicing in Mizo. Proc. Interspeech 2020, 1903-1907, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2695.

  author={Wendy Lalhminghlui and Priyankoo Sarmah},
  title={{Interaction of Tone and Voicing in Mizo}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2020},