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

Beijing, China
March 28-31, 2004

A Contrastive Investigation of Diphthongs between Standard Mandarin and Shanghai Accented Mandarin

Jue Yu (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

9 diphthongs [ai, ei, ao, ou, ia, ie, ua, uo, ye] for 10 SC and 20 ASH speakers with medium accent were compared in this paper. In order to find out the differences in diphthongs between SC and ASH, the vowel charts and the formant patterns were plotted for them. Finally, comparative distinctions were obtained and analyzed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yu, Jue / Li, Aijun / Wang, Xia (2004): "A contrastive investigation of diphthongs between standard Mandarin and shanghai accented Mandarin", In TAL-2004, 229-234.