Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

Mandarin-Accented Fall, Rise and Fall-Rise F0 Contours in Dutch

Xuliang He (1,2), Judith Hanssen (2), Vincent J. van Heuven (3), Carlos Gussenhoven (2,4)

(1) School of Foreign Studies, Nantong University, China
(2) Centre for Language and Communication, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
(3) Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, The Netherlands
(4) Queen Mary University of London, UK

An experiment was conducted to study how Mandarin Chinese speakers of Dutch produced three Dutch pitch contours (Fall, Rise and Fall-rise) on final syllables in the intonational phrase. It was found that the Fall-Rise was the hardest contour for them to produce. In addition, there were substantial differences between the subjects with higher and those with lower proficiency in Dutch in the realization of the Fall and the Rise, which the higher proficiency subjects produced much as did the native control group.

Index Terms: Mandarin speakers of Dutch, Mandarin, Dutch, prosody, intonation contours

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  He, Xuliang / Hanssen, Judith / Heuven, Vincent J. van / Gussenhoven, Carlos (2012): "Mandarin-accented fall, rise and fall-rise F0 contours in Dutch", In SP-2012, 358-361.