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