The Effect of Intonation on Tone 2 and the Register of Tone 2 in Mandarin: A Preliminary Study

Abstract

This study aims to investigate how tone 2 in Mandarin varies in different intonational contexts. Target tones were embedded in three focus positions and two non-focus positions in actual utterances. The high point and low point pitch values of the tones were observed and compared. The results witness a constant lower tonal high point of tone 2 over that of tone 1 and tone 4, while a similarly equal low point of tone 2 and tone 4. These results support our hypothesis in previous study that there exist [+upper] and [-upper] registers in Mandarin where tone 2 belongs to the latter one.

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@inproceedings{Wang2012TheEO, title={The Effect of Intonation on Tone 2 and the Register of Tone 2 in Mandarin: A Preliminary Study}, author={Yunjia Wang and Dayoung Jeong and Junlong Feng}, year={2012} }