Production and Perception of a Tonal Neutralization Case in Taiwan Souther Min

Mao-Hsu Chen


´╗┐This study explored the tonal neutralization of context tones 55 and 24 in Taiwan Southern Min, which are said to be realized both as sandhi tone 33 on surface when occurring in the context positions according to the Tone Circle. A production experiment with a reading task was conducted and the speech samples produced by speakers of two different age groups, old and young generations, were examined. The f0 contours of the two target context tones embedded in the minimal pair of sentences were compared using smoothing spline analysis of variance (SS ANOVA). The result showed an age-based acoustic variation, where the f0 contours of context tones 55 produced by the old speakers were significantly higher in pitch than those of context tones 24 throughout the entire contour, which was absent from the data of the young speakers, where the f0 contours of context tones 55 and 24 were indistinguishable from each other. The result of a preliminary perception experiment with an identification task was in line with the production data.


DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2016-18

Cite as

Chen, M. (2016) Production and Perception of a Tonal Neutralization Case in Taiwan Souther Min. Proc. Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016, 84-88.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Chen2016,
author={Mao-Hsu Chen},
title={Production and Perception of a Tonal Neutralization Case in Taiwan Souther Min},
year=2016,
booktitle={Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016},
doi={10.21437/TAL.2016-18},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2016-18},
pages={84--88}
}