Phonological Identity of the Neutral-tone Syllables in Taiwan Mandarin: An Acoustic Study

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Show simple item record Huang, Karen en 2018-10-30T20:56:56Z en 2018-07-20 en
dc.identifier.citation Acta Linguistica Asiatica 8(2):9-50 20 Jul 2018 en
dc.identifier.issn 2232-3317 en
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dc.description.abstract Taiwan Mandarin, one of the more syllable-timed dialects of Mandarin, has fewer unstressed syllables than Standard Mandarin. Acoustic analyses show that the supposedly unstressed syllables—neutral-tone syllables—in Taiwan Mandarin behave differently from those of Standard Mandarin. Unlike Standard Mandarin, these syllables do not raise their pitch after Tone 3. They have a distinct static mid-low pitch target and the target is implemented with a stronger articulatory strength. Moreover, acoustic analyses demonstrate that not all of these “unstressed syllables” are unstressed. The phonetic evidence suggests that these neutral-tone syllables should be analyzed as unaccented rather than unstressed in Taiwan Mandarin. These unaccented syllables are only lexically marked, and their pitch is neutralized into a mid-low tone. This study sheds light on how rhythm can affect stress and accent in a lexical tone language. en
dc.publisher Ljubljana University Press en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Acta Linguistica Asiatica en
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dc.title Phonological Identity of the Neutral-tone Syllables in Taiwan Mandarin: An Acoustic Study en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.4312/ala.8.2.9-50 en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 9 en
pubs.volume 8 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en en
pubs.end-page 50 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 751545 en Arts en Cultures, Languages & Linguist en Asian Studies en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2018-08-15 en

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