Chanted Call Tune in Tianjin Mandarin: Disyllabic Calls

Cong Zhang


This paper examines the chanted call tune in Tianjin Mandarin in order to investigate the possibilities of intonational components, i.e. pitch accents, boundary tones, etc., in a tonal language. Six native Tianjin speakers’ production of disyllabic names and kinship terms were recorded. The speech materials were composed of a set of left-prominent disyllabic names and a set of right-prominent disyllabic names. The results show that there is a L% boundary tone at the end of the intonational phrase, regardless of the lexical tones. Different from the IntQ data, the L% boundary tone is phonetically manifested and overrode the lexical tone contours. A H* pitch accent was found to be associated with the H of each lexical tone. Lengthening was also found in the CC tune. The CC tune in Tianjin Mandarin can be represented as follows: [[H*]sustained]higher register + L%.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-106

Cite as: Zhang, C. (2018) Chanted Call Tune in Tianjin Mandarin: Disyllabic Calls. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 522-526, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-106.


@inproceedings{Zhang2018,
  author={Cong Zhang},
  title={Chanted Call Tune in Tianjin Mandarin: Disyllabic Calls},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={522--526},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-106},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-106}
}