Taiwanese Min Phonemic Tones and Prosodic Boundaries

Ho-Hsien Pan, Shao-Ren Lyu, Hsiao-Tung Huang, Mu-Fan Wang


This study investigates (1) the occurrence of junctures relative to the IP, ip, word and syllable boundaries and (2) the effect of lexical frequencies on the occurrence of juncture tones. Spontaneous monologues from forty-one speakers recruited from five dialect regions in Taiwan was transcribed involving orthography, Speech Assessment Methods Phonetic Alphabet (SAMPA), phonemic tones, surface tones, syllable, segment, break, and miscellaneous tiers. The results show that the percentages of juncture tones increased from under 10 % before a syllable boundary, to 30% before a word boundary, 50% to 70% before an ip boundary and finally from 50% to 80% before an IP boundary. Sandhi tones can surface before IP boundary as well. High frequency words, mostly grammatical function words and pronouns, are more likely to be produced with sandhi tones, but not low frequency words.


 DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-8

Cite as: Pan, H., Lyu, S., Huang, H., Wang, M. (2018) Taiwanese Min Phonemic Tones and Prosodic Boundaries. Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, 37-40, DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2018-8.


@inproceedings{Pan2018,
  author={ Ho-Hsien Pan and Shao-Ren Lyu and Hsiao-Tung Huang and Mu-Fan Wang},
  title={ Taiwanese Min Phonemic Tones and Prosodic Boundaries},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. TAL2018, Sixth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages},
  pages={37--40},
  doi={10.21437/TAL.2018-8},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2018-8}
}