Boundary effects on allophonic creaky voice: A case study of Mandarin lexical tones

Hong Zhang


´╗┐The present study investigates the effects of prosodic boundary on the acoustic realization of allophonic Mandarin lexical tone creak. Speech of twenty speakers from Mandarin Call Home corpus was analyzed. Results show that stronger creaky voice occurs more often at the end of an utterance than the end of an intermediary phrase, and is least likely to occur phrase medially. The observed creak is stronger at boundaries with higher BI levels, regardless of the intrinsic pitch target of lexical tones. Tonal category also appears to be worse at predicting the phonetics of creak. Therefore, compared to lexical tone, prosodic boundary has stronger effects on the acoustic realization of creaky voice. The interaction between prosodic boundary and lexical tone on the acoustics of creaky voice also has implication on the interaction between lexical tone and intonation.


DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2016-20

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Zhang, H. (2016) Boundary effects on allophonic creaky voice: A case study of Mandarin lexical tones. Proc. Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016, 94-98.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Zhang2016,
author={Hong Zhang},
title={Boundary effects on allophonic creaky voice: A case study of Mandarin lexical tones},
year=2016,
booktitle={Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016},
doi={10.21437/TAL.2016-20},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2016-20},
pages={94--98}
}