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Comparison of F0 range in spontaneous speech in Kammu tonal and non-tonal dialects
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Speech Communication and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4628-3769
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of the ICPhS XVII, Hong Kong, 2011, 1026-1029 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to investigate whether the occurrence of lexical tones in a language imposes restrictions on its pitch range. Kammu, a Mon-Khmer language spoken in Northern Laos com-prises dialects with and without lexical tones and with no other major phonological differences. We use Kammu spontaneous speech to investigate differences in pitch range in the two dialects. The main finding is that tonal speakers exhibit a narrower pitch range. Thus, even at a high degree of engagement found in spontaneous speech, lexical tones impose restrictions on speakers’ pitch variation.

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Hong Kong, 2011. 1026-1029 p.
Keyword [en]
pitch range, tone, timing, intonation, Kammu, Khmu
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Computer Science Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52235OAI: diva2:465531
the ICPhS XVII, 2011-08-17, Hong Kong
tmh_import_11_12_14 QC 20111216Available from: 2011-12-14 Created: 2011-12-14 Last updated: 2011-12-16Bibliographically approved

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