The 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
This paper examines the newly developed tones in Cantonese English,
with a particular interest in the tones spanning across syllables.
It attempts to provide phonetic evidence for the tone spans and
demonstrate the association of tones to syllables.
Audio-recording data elicited from six speakers of Cantonese English was processed with Praat, and then fitted to a smoothing spline analysis of variance with R to generate smoothing splines at 95% confidence intervals for determining if the the tones in different positions of a word are significantly different from each other. Pitch tracks of tones in individual words were also generated for a detailed examination of the tone contours of the tone spans.
Results showed that the realization of different tones was restricted by the position of the syllables in a word. Those tones are significantly different from each other. H spans, Ø spans and M spans were discussed and illustrated with tonal associations.
Index Terms: tone, tone spans, Cantonese English, Hong Kong English
Bibliographic reference. Yiu, Suki S. Y. (2014): "Tone Spans of Cantonese English", In TAL-2014, 143-146.