11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Influence of Lexical Tones on Intonation in Kammu

Anastasia Karlsson (1), David House (2), Jan-Olof Svantesson (1), Damrong Tayanin (1)

(1) Lund University, Sweden
(2) KTH, Sweden

The aim of this study is to investigate how the presence of lexical tones influences the realization of focal accent and sentence intonation. The language studied is Kammu, a language particularly well suited for the study as it has both tonal and non-tonal dialects. The main finding is that lexical tone exerts an influence on both sentence and focal accent in the tonal dialect to such a strong degree that we can postulate a hierarchy where lexical tone is strongest followed by sentence accent, with focal accent exerting the weakest influence on the F0 contour.

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Bibliographic reference.  Karlsson, Anastasia / House, David / Svantesson, Jan-Olof / Tayanin, Damrong (2010): "Influence of lexical tones on intonation in kammu", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 1740-1743.