Effect of speech rate on pre-low raising in Cantonese

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of speech rate on pre-low raising in Cantonese. Pre-low raising is an anticipatory tonal process where a high tone is raised when followed by a low tone (i.e. the trigger). Six native speakers of Cantonese were recorded saying a disyllable in 36 tone combinations (6 tones×6 tones) at two speech rates (normal and slow). It was found that in slow speech pre-low raising only occurred when the trigger was extremely low in pitch, whereas at normal speech rate it was observed in more tonal contexts. It is argued that pre-low raising is a result of enhanced cricothyroid activity in preparation for an upcoming low pitch target. Copyright © 2016 International Speech Communication Association (ISCA).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016
EditorsC. DICANIO, J. MALINS, J. GOOD, K. MICHELSON, J. JAEGER, H. KEILY
Place of PublicationBuffalo, New York
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
Pages75-79
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Citation

Lee, A., & Xu, Y. (2016). Effect of speech rate on pre-low raising in Cantonese. In C. DiCanio, et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016 (pp. 75-79). Buffalo, New York: International Speech Communication Association (ISCA).

Keywords

  • Tone
  • Production
  • Cantonese

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