Article published in:Above and Beyond the Segments: Experimental linguistics and phonetics
Edited by Johanneke Caspers, Yiya Chen, Willemijn Heeren, Jos Pacilly, Niels O. Schiller and Ellen van Zanten
[Not in series 189] 2014
► pp. 131–143
Does boundary tone production in whispered speech depend on its bearer? Exploring a case of tonal crowding in whisper
How does boundary tone production in whisper depend on the presence of a pitch accent in the same syllable? Acoustic correlates of boundary tones were investigated when produced on disyllabic, utterance-final words that carried a nuclear accent, and that varied in lexical stress position (strong-weak versus weak-strong). In the former case, boundary tone and nuclear accent do not coincide, whereas in the latter, they land on the same syllable. Acoustic analyses showed that intensity, the second formant, and the power of the first and second formants were higher when a question as opposed to a statement was produced. Not all differences became significant in both word types; in the tonal crowding case acoustic differences were smaller.
Published online: 10 December 2014
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