Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Non-Contrastive Voice Quality Characteristics of Northern Vietnamese Tones

Allison Blodgett, Melissa K. Fox, C. Anton Rytting, Alina Twist

Center for Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

This study investigated non-contrastive voice qualities in Northern Vietnamese tones with a focus on huyền and hỏi. The analysis measured the relative amplitude of the first and second harmonics (H1-H2) and of the first harmonic and first formant (H1-A1) in a sample of native speaker speech. While the results are consistent with reports of multiple voice qualities for huyền and hỏi, huyền appeared to be breathy or tense, not breathy or modal. In addition, low falling-rising hoÒi demonstrated breathy, modal, and tense qualities, while the low falling variant was consistently non-modal.

Index Terms: Vietnamese, lexical tones, voice quality

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Bibliographic reference.  Blodgett, Allison / Fox, Melissa K. / Rytting, C. Anton / Twist, Alina (2010): "Non-contrastive voice quality characteristics of Northern Vietnamese tones", In SP-2010, paper 069.