ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009

Extreme reductions: contraction of disyllables into monosyllables in taiwan Mandarin

Chierh Cheng, Yi Xu

This study investigates a severe form of segmental reduction known as contraction. In Taiwan Mandarin, a disyllabic word or phrase is often contracted into a monosyllabic unit in conversational speech, just as “do not” is often contracted into “don’t” in English. A systematic experiment was conducted to explore the underlying mechanism of such contraction. Preliminary results show evidence that contraction is not a categorical shift but a gradient undershoot of the articulatory target as a result of time pressure. Moreover, contraction seems to occur only beyond a certain duration threshold. These findings may further our understanding of the relation between duration and segmental reduction.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-162

Cite as: Cheng, C., Xu, Y. (2009) Extreme reductions: contraction of disyllables into monosyllables in taiwan Mandarin. Proc. Interspeech 2009, 456-459, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-162

@inproceedings{cheng09_interspeech,
  author={Chierh Cheng and Yi Xu},
  title={{Extreme reductions: contraction of disyllables into monosyllables in taiwan Mandarin}},
  year=2009,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2009},
  pages={456--459},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2009-162}
}