ISCA Archive TAL 2016
ISCA Archive TAL 2016

Inconsistent Consonantal Effects on F- in Cantonese and Mandarin

Qian Luo, Karthik Durvasula, Yen-Hwei Lin

´╗┐Previous research shows that aspiration and sonorancy can have inconsistent consonantal effects on vowel F0 across languages, and even within the same language in different studies: they are reported to either lower F0, raise F0, or have neutral effects. This paper is interested in such inconsistent consonantal effects on vowel F0 in Cantonese and Mandarin. The results of a series of production experiments show that: (1) consonantal effects on vowel F0 are language-specific; (2) the consonantal effects can be conditioned by lexical tones. The findings also provide insights for puzzles in historical tone change.


doi: 10.21437/TAL.2016-11

Cite as: Luo, Q., Durvasula, K., Lin, Y.-H. (2016) Inconsistent Consonantal Effects on F- in Cantonese and Mandarin. Proc. 5th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2016), 52-55, doi: 10.21437/TAL.2016-11

@inproceedings{luo16_tal,
  author={Qian Luo and Karthik Durvasula and Yen-Hwei Lin},
  title={{Inconsistent Consonantal Effects on F- in Cantonese and Mandarin}},
  year=2016,
  booktitle={Proc. 5th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2016)},
  pages={52--55},
  doi={10.21437/TAL.2016-11}
}