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Effect of speech rate on pre-low raising in Cantonese

Xu, Y; Lee, A; (2017) Effect of speech rate on pre-low raising in Cantonese. In: Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016. (pp. pp. 75-79). ISCA Green open access

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of speech rate on pre-low raising in Cantonese. Pre-low raising is an anticipatory tonal process where a high tone is raised when followed by a low tone (i.e. the trigger). Six native speakers of Cantonese were recorded saying a disyllable in 36 tone combinations (6 tones×6 tones) at two speech rates (normal and slow). It was found that in slow speech pre-low raising only occurred when the trigger was extremely low in pitch, whereas at normal speech rate it was observed in more tonal contexts. It is argued that pre-low raising is a result of enhanced cricothyroid activity in preparation for an upcoming low pitch target.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Effect of speech rate on pre-low raising in Cantonese
Event: Tonal Aspects of Languages - 5th International Symposium
Location: Buffalo, New York, United States
Dates: 24 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2016-16
Publisher version: http://isca-speech.org/archive/TAL_2016/
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 ISCA
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536163
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