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

Beijing, China
March 28-31, 2004

Study on Stress Models of Chinese Disyllable

Dan Deng, Ming Chen, Shinan Lu

Infoquick Sinovoice Corporation Institution of Acoustics

This paper investigates the stress distributions of Chinese disyllables in 1+1, 2+2 and 4+4. The result shows that: 1) most of Chinese disyllables do not have fixed stress models, moreover, two syllables have equal opportunities of being stressed; 2) disyllables in 2+2 and 4+4 have obviously initial-stressed inclination due to "neutralization" in final syllable; 3) not only pitch and duration, but also break level and the position in the prosodic phrase influence the distributions of word stress.

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Bibliographic reference.  Deng, Dan / Chen, Ming / Lu, Shinan (2004): "Study on stress models of Chinese disyllable", In TAL-2004, 49-52.