Burmese quotation intonation

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Abstract

Burmese is a complex tone language with five lexical tones showing multi-dimensional phonetic distinctions in pitch, duration, and phonation. It also has rich intonation phenomena on the sentence level. A salient quotation intonation commonly occurs on the last syllable of a quoted sentence. This paper presents a production experiment investigating the interaction of quotation intonation with different lexical tones in Burmese. The results showed that the F0 contrasts between different lexical tones were enhanced in the quotation context and the duration difference was partially neutralized in quotations. This phenomenon is distinct from replacive tonal alternation ([14]) and from the realisation of focus in Burmese ([11]). Our findings demonstrate how different dimensions of prosody, viz. F0 height, F0 contour and duration, depart from their default settings in a lexical tone and change independently in opposite directions for the sentence-level function. Copyright © 2019 Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019
EditorsSasha CALHOUN, Paola ESCUDERO, Marija TABAIN, Paul WARREN
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
PublisherAustralasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
Pages2435-2439
ISBN (Print)9780646800691
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Citation

Tian, M., & Lee, A. (2019). Burmese quotation intonation. In S. Calhoun, P. Escudero, M. Tabain, & P. Warren (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019 (pp. 2435-2439). Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.

Keywords

  • Burmese
  • Tone
  • Intonation
  • Quotation

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