Contextual Tonal Variations and Pitch Targets in Cantonese

  title={Contextual Tonal Variations and Pitch Targets in Cantonese},
  author={Ying Wai Wong},
With Cantonese as the target language, this study investigates the phonetic details of contextual tonal variations in disyllabic tonal sequences. It is found that the main source of F0 (fundamental frequency) contour deviation from the canonical form comes from carryover effect, which is assimilatory in nature. Furthermore, based on the Target Approximation (TA) model, an optimization problem is formulated as an attempt to unveil mathematically pitch targets of the six lexical tones in… CONTINUE READING
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