Same Tone, Different Category: Linguistic-Tonetic Variation in the Areal Tone Acoustics of Chuqu Wu

William Steed, Philip Rose

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    Abstract

    Acoustic and auditory data are presented for the citation tones of single speakers from nine sites (eight hitherto undescribed in English) from the little-studied Chuqu subgroup of Wu in East Central China: Lìshuǐ, Lóngquán Qìngyuán, Lóngyóu, Jìnyún, Qingtián Yúnhé, Jǐngní ng, and Táishùn. The data demonstrate a high degree of complexity, having no less than 22 linguistic-tonetically different tones. The nature of the complexity of these forms is discussed, especially with respect to whether the variation is continuous or categorical, and inferences are drawn on their historical development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages2295-2298
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventInternational Conference on Spoken Language Processing (INTERSPEECH 2009) - Brighton UK
    Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Spoken Language Processing (INTERSPEECH 2009)
    Period1/01/09 → …

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