Is [ɤ] in Mandarin a transitional vowel? —Evidence from tongue movement by ultrasound imaging

@article{Chen2019IsI,
  title={Is [ɤ] in Mandarin a transitional vowel? —Evidence from tongue movement by ultrasound imaging},
  author={Yu Ju Jonathan Yanting Chen and Yu Ju Jonathan Yanting Zhang and Yu Ju Jonathan Yanting Sieg},
  journal={Journal of Chinese Linguistics},
  year={2019},
  volume={47},
  pages={371 - 405}
}
This study investigates tongue configuration and its changes during the production of [ɤ] using ultrasound imaging. By collecting data from four native Mandarin speakers, this paper compares the tongue movement of [ɤ], [i] and [a] in Mandarin Chinese, and finds that [ɤ] has clearly higher variations than the other two monophthongs in tongue intrinsic length, tongue intrinsic height and accelerations in both horizontal and vertical directions. By analyzing the tongue shape of [ɤ] between the 30… CONTINUE READING

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