Tonal allophony in Vietnamese: Evidence from task-oriented dialogues

Kieu Phuong Ha, Martine Grice, Marc Brunelle


In this paper we investigate the behaviour of the lexical rising tone (SAC) in disyllabic sequences in the Northern variety of Vietnamese. Results from task-oriented dialogues show that this rising tone (SAC), when occurring before the lexical high-level tone (NGANG), can be realised as low level or falling, resembling a different tone in the language (HUYEN). This is the case word-internally and within noun phrases. Two further observations give us an indication that a sandhi process could be developing: (a) this variation is not found in sequences across a larger juncture, and (b) the SAC tone does not undergo this change before other tones.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-148

Cite as: Ha, K.P., Grice, M., Brunelle, M. (2014) Tonal allophony in Vietnamese: Evidence from task-oriented dialogues. Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, 800-803, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-148.


@inproceedings{Ha2014,
  author={Kieu Phuong Ha and Martine Grice and Marc Brunelle},
  title={{Tonal allophony in Vietnamese: Evidence from task-oriented dialogues}},
  year=2014,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014},
  pages={800--803},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-148},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-148}
}