Effect of speech rate on pre-low raising in Cantonese

Albert Lee, Yi Xu


This paper investigates the effect of speech rate on pre-low raising in Cantonese. Pre-low raising is an anticipatory tonal process where a high tone is raised when followed by a low tone (i.e. the trigger). Six native speakers of Cantonese were recorded saying a disyllable in 36 tone combinations (6 tones×6 tones) at two speech rates (normal and slow). It was found that in slow speech pre-low raising only occurred when the trigger was extremely low in pitch, whereas at normal speech rate it was observed in more tonal contexts. It is argued that pre-low raising is a result of enhanced cricothyroid activity in preparation for an upcoming low pitch target.


DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2016-16

Cite as

Lee, A., Xu, Y. (2016) Effect of speech rate on pre-low raising in Cantonese. Proc. Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016, 75-79.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Lee+2016,
author={Albert Lee and Yi Xu},
title={Effect of speech rate on pre-low raising in Cantonese},
year=2016,
booktitle={Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016},
doi={10.21437/TAL.2016-16},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2016-16},
pages={75--79}
}