ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2016
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2016

A perceptually-based approach to Chinese syllable-tone patterning

Mingqiong Luo

Syllable structure is systematically related to tone patterning in two dimensions: sonority and duration. The reasons for this are fundamentally phonetic: syllable weight is determined by the sonority and duration profile of the rhyme, which themselves are the phonetic correlates of tone. This paper uses the Moraic Model [1] to analyze the weight-mediated syllable-tone patterning in four distinct Chinese languages, and a perceptually-based approach to provide a functional explanation. It is found that a one-to-one patterning between weight and tone units is more commonly found in Chinese languages, whereas the one-to-many patterning between units of the two tiers is much less common.


doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-21

Cite as: Luo, M. (2016) A perceptually-based approach to Chinese syllable-tone patterning. Proc. Speech Prosody 2016, 99-103, doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-21

@inproceedings{luo16_speechprosody,
  author={Mingqiong Luo},
  title={{A perceptually-based approach to Chinese syllable-tone patterning}},
  year=2016,
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2016},
  pages={99--103},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2016-21}
}