GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES IN PRODUCTION OF A TONAL CONTRAST IN HONG KONG CANTONESE

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019
EditorsSasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain, Paul Warren
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
Pages186-190
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-646-80069-1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

Conference

Title19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2019)
LocationMelbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
PlaceAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period5 - 9 August 2019

Abstract

Hong Kong (HK) Cantonese contains rich tonal contrasts with some having been reported merging, which calls for empirical investigation across social dimensions. This study examines production of a contrast between two rising tones (the high rising tone T2 vs. the low rising tone T5) in HK Cantonese by native speakers in various age groups. We analysed tonal correlates of syllables contrasting the two tones in an utterance produced by 50 speakers. A change is observed in production of T2 but not T5, which appears affected significantly by age. Our youngest group has distinct ranges of pitch offsets of T2 compared with tones produced by speakers in their 50s and up, while the middle group’s production shows an intermediate pattern. Moreover, gender seems to modulate the age factor to some extent.

Research Area(s)

  • tone production, tone merger, Hong Kong Cantonese, age effect, gender difference

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GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES IN PRODUCTION OF A TONAL CONTRAST IN HONG KONG CANTONESE. / Li, Bin; Guan, Yihan.

Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019. ed. / Sasha Calhoun; Paola Escudero; Marija Tabain; Paul Warren. Australia : Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc. , 2019. p. 186-190.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review