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

Beijing, China
March 28-31, 2004

Tonal Effect on Vowel Articulation in a Tone Language

Fang Hu

Phonetics Lab, Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China

This study investigates the tonal effect on vowel articulation in the Ningbo Chinese, a tone language. Tongue, jaw, and lip articulators were monitored during the production of different types of high and low tones using EMA. Preliminary results suggest that there are articulatory differences between high and low short tones and high and low rising tones, namely a retraction of tongue is detected in the production of low short and rising tones. However, for the high and low tonal element in the falling tone within the same syllable, there is no articulatory difference observed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hu, Fang (2004): "Tonal effect on vowel articulation in a tone language", In TAL-2004, 97-100.