ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

Tone hyperarticulation in Cantonese infant-directed speech

Nan Xu, Denis Burnham

There is extensive evidence for vowel hyperarticulation in infant-directed speech (IDS) [1, 2, 3], but little is known about lexical tones in tonal IDS. Here, longitudinal recordings of Cantonese IDS revealed that tones, like vowels, are hyperarticulated. Implications of this finding for infant linguistic development are discussed.

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Cite as: Xu, N., Burnham, D. (2008) Tone hyperarticulation in Cantonese infant-directed speech. Proc. Interspeech 2008, 624

  author={Nan Xu and Denis Burnham},
  title={{Tone hyperarticulation in Cantonese infant-directed speech}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},