Yasuko Nagano-Madsen

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Attitudinally-varied back channel utterances were simulated by six professional voice actors for Japanese. Contrary to the general assumption that a pitch accent language like Japanese cannot vary the tonal configuration for attitudi-nal variation as in a stress/intonation language , all the speakers differentiated two kinds of tonal configurations. Further(More)
This paper examines the manifestation of downstep and intonation in the Tokyo and Kochi dialects of Japanese by using three types of syntactically balanced material-adjective phrases, adverbial phrases, and sentence modifiers. The main conclusion is that Kochi speakers produce a smaller Major Phrase consisting of fewer lexical accents than in the Tokyo(More)
This study examines the acquisition process of L2 Japanese intonation by Swedish learners at intermediate and advanced levels. Regarding the realization of L2 intonation as ‘interlanguage’, it focuses on the acquisition process of various parameters and their phonetic realizations that are relevant in determining Japanese intonation. The parameters can be(More)
Manifestation of the question intonation was investigated for Ryukyuan which is an endangered language. Ryukyuan is related to Japanese and is known to preserve a number of linguistic features that were present in 6 to 8 th century Japanese. Ryukyuan is typologically interesting since the mood suffix takes the role of intonation. Though a language with such(More)
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