Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

The Effect of Speech Rate on the Temporal Organization of Syllable Production in Cantonese

Eric Zee

Phonetics Lab, Department of CTL, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The study investigates the effect of speech rate on the temporal organization of syllable production of in Hong Kong Cantonese. The results show that all the component segments of the test syllables, including the vowel-nasal transitions and elementelement transitions in the diphthongs, contribute to the reduction of the entire syllable durations in fast speech. While the percentages of duration reduction for the syllable-initial consonants in all the test syllables are similar, the percentages of duration reduction for the vowels, vowel-nasal transitions, syllable-final nasals, first vowel elements, element-element transitions, and second vowel elements vary according to the types of syllable structure in the language.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Zee, Eric (2002): "The effect of speech rate on the temporal organization of syllable production in Cantonese", In SP-2002, 723-726.