The tone system of Kim Thượng Mường: an experimental study of fundamental frequency, duration, and phonation types

Abstract : This is a study of the tone system of the Mường dialect of Kim Thượng (province of Phú Thọ, Vietnam). Distributional analysis – a classical procedure in linguistic fieldwork – brings out five tones on smooth syllables, and two tones on stopped syllables. These tones form the topic of an experimental phonetic study. Special attention is devoted to one of the tones of smooth syllables (labelled Tone 4), which is glottalized near the beginning of the rhyme. Audio and electroglottographic recordings allow for the measurement of fundamental frequency and for an estimation of the glottal open quotient, a parameter that offers indications on phonation type. The study addresses challenges linked to the quantitative study of glottalization, in order to propose a detailed picture of how tones pattern in terms of fundamental frequency, duration, and phonation types.
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Minh-Châu Nguyễn. The tone system of Kim Thượng Mường: an experimental study of fundamental frequency, duration, and phonation types. Linguistics. 2016. ⟨dumas-01405496⟩

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