13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

The Role of Creaky Voice in Mandarin Tone 2 and Tone 3 Perception

Rui Cao, Ratree Wayland, Edith Kaan

Department of Linguistics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

This study investigated the role of creaky voice in the categorial perception of Mandarin Tone 2 and Tone 3 among native English and native Mandarin listeners. Results showed that the presence of creaky voice affected the perception of Mandarin Tone 3. Both native and nonnative listeners reported hearing Tone 3 at a later F0 turning point with the presence of creaky voice.

Index Terms: speech perception, Mandarin tones, creaky voice

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Cao, Rui / Wayland, Ratree / Kaan, Edith (2012): "The role of creaky voice in Mandarin tone 2 and tone 3 perception", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 426-429.