International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages
With Emphasis on Tone Languages

Beijing, China
March 28-31, 2004

Contrastive Study on Prosodic Aspects for Standard and Regional Accented Chinese

Juanwen Chen (1), Aijun Li (2), Xia Wang (3)

(1) School of foreign languages, Zhejiang University; (2) Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; (3) Nokia Research Center, Beijing, China

It is commonly held that there exists some prosodic differences between standard Chinese and accented Mandarin. In this paper, a perceptual test was first made by filtering the signal above 500 Hz to conceal the segmental information and make utterances meaningless. It is proven that people could identify Standard Chinese (SC) and Shanghai-accented Mandarin (ASH) only by the prosodic features. Then, we studied the word stress of disyllables in citation form and found the word stress distribution and its acoustic features are different between SC and ASH.

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Bibliographic reference.  Chen, Juanwen / Li, Aijun / Wang, Xia (2004): "Contrastive study on prosodic aspects for standard and regional accented Chinese", In TAL-2004, 33-36.