ISCA Archive ISCSLP 2008
ISCA Archive ISCSLP 2008

How Syllables Group in Chinese

Mao-Lin Wang, Yi Xu

prosodically organized into groups. Such groups are thought of as either the basic units of speech rhythm or a prosodic hierarchy. In this study we investigated the nature of syllable organization by examining syllable duration, tonal undershoot and F0 height in Chinese as related to speaking mode, group position in sentence, syllable position in group, and number of syllables in the group. The results showed polysyllabic shortening and constituent-edge lengthening previously reported for languages with lexical stress despite the fact that no lexical stress was involved in the present study. KeywordsSyllable; duration; Tone

Cite as: Wang, M.-L., Xu, Y. (2008) How Syllables Group in Chinese. Proc. International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing, 306-309

  author={Mao-Lin Wang and Yi Xu},
  title={{How Syllables Group in Chinese}},
  booktitle={Proc. International Symposium on Chinese Spoken Language Processing},