Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

A Phonetic Study of the "er-hua" Rimes in Beijing Mandarin

Wai-Sum Lee

University of Hong Kong, China

The paper is the acoustical, articulatory, and physiological investigation of the phonetic changes of the "er-hua" rimes, i.e., the rimes affixed with the diminutive suffix "er" [─] Ĺchild', in Beijing Mandarin. Acoustically, all the [─]-suffixed rimes have a low F3 value, as an indication of being rhotacized. The other changes of the rimes after [─]-suffixation vary, depending on the type of component segments of the rimes. The rimes are added with a sub-syllabic [─], when the rimes end with a non-back vowel. When the rimes end with a back vowel, no [─] is added to the rimes and the whole of the rimes becomes rhotacized. For the rimes which contain a diphthong or triphthong with a final vowel element [i] or [e], the final vowel element is deleted. For the rimes which end with an alveolar [n], the nasal ending is deleted. For the rimes which end with a velar [N], the nasal ending is also deleted and the whole of the rimes is nasalized.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lee, Wai-Sum (2005): "A phonetic study of the "er-hua" rimes in Beijing Mandarin", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 1093-1096.