Speech Prosody 2008

Campinas, Brazil
May 6-9, 2008

A Comparative Study on Tone Realization in Cantonese-Accented Mandarin and Standard Mandarin

Jian Jin (1), Weixiang Hu (2), Xia Wang (2), Ziyu Xiong (3)

(1) Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Sun Yat-sen University
(2) Nokia Research Center, China
(3) Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

The paper investigates tone realization in monosyllabic and disyllabic words in Cantonese, Cantonese-spoken Mandarin and Standard Mandarin, focusing on the deviations of tone realization in Cantonese-spoken Mandarin from standard Mandarin in monosyllabic and disyllabic words. The analysis on monosyllabic and disyllabic tone patterns shows that most of the tone deviations in Cantonese-accented Mandarin made by Guangdong Cantonese speakers resulted from negative transfers of their native language, Cantonese.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jin, Jian / Hu, Weixiang / Wang, Xia / Xiong, Ziyu (2008): "A comparative study on tone realization in Cantonese-accented Mandarin and standard Mandarin", In SP-2008, 305-308.