5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

An Acoustic-Phonetic Description Of Word Tone In Kagoshima Japanese

Shunichi Ishihara

Japan Centre (Asian Studies), and Phonetics Laboratory, Department of Linguistics (Arts), The Australian National University, Australia

The Japanese dialect of Kagoshima (KJ) has two different surface pitch patterns, (L)0 HL and (L)0 H. In this study, the properties of these two surface pitch patterns of KJ will be acoustically-phonetically described by means of z-score normalisation. Words consisting of two, three, four and five syllables were used in this study (the syllable structure is a CV) as test words, and the F0 of each syllable nucleus was extracted and the raw F0 values were z-score normalised. Two native speakers of KJ (one male and one female) participated in this study. The tonal representation of KJ words will be discussed on the basis of the z-score normalised results.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ishihara, Shunichi (1998): "An acoustic-phonetic description of word tone in kagoshima Japanese", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0628.