Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Lhasa Tones

Fang Hu, Ziyu Xiong

Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

This paper describes tones on citation syllables in Lhasa Tibetan. Acoustic data from six speakers showed that Lhasa has a high vs. low tonal contrast on the one hand; and its tonal melodies are highly constrained by syllable types on the other hand. Lhasa tones served as a typical case in Tibetan tonogenesis: First, the high vs. low tonal contrast results from the historical prevocalic voicing distinction; Second, tonal melodies are further developed from F0 perturbations of postvocalic consonants.

Index Terms: tones, Lhasa Tibetan, syllable types

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Hu, Fang / Xiong, Ziyu (2010): "Lhasa tones", In SP-2010, paper 163.