5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Non-Adjacent Segmental Effects in Tonal Realization of Accentual Phrase in Seoul Korean

Hyuck-Joon Lee


This paper investigates the degree to which an onset consonant of an accentual phrase affects the f0 of the following syllables within the phrase in Seoul Korean. Korean tense or aspirated onset consonants raise f0 values of the following adjacent vowel, and when they are positioned on the first syllable onset of an accentual phrase, they continuously raise f0 values of the following non-adjacent vowels. This f0 raising after aspirated or tense consonants supports the previous claim that the microprosody in Korean is phonologized in phrase initial position. The results also confirms the previous claim regarding the location of the underlying 4 tones of the accentual phrase and the interpolation hypothesis.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lee, Hyuck-Joon (1998): "Non-adjacent segmental effects in tonal realization of accentual phrase in seoul Korean", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0903.