Tone restricts F0 range and variation in Kammu

Anastasia Karlsson, Jan-Olof Svantesson, David House, Damrong Tayanin

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to investigate whether the occurrence of lexical tones in a language imposes restrictions on its pitch range. We use data from Kammu, a Mon-Khmer language spoken in Northern Laos, which has one dialect with, and one without, lexical tones. The main finding is that speakers of the tonal dialect have a narrower pitch range, and also a smaller variation in pitch range.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTMH - QPSR
Pages53-55
Number of pages3
Volume51
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventFonetik 2011 - Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 2011 Jun 82011 Jun 10

Publication series

Name
Volume51

Conference

ConferenceFonetik 2011
Country/TerritorySweden
CityStockholm
Period2011/06/082011/06/10

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

Keywords

  • lexical tones
  • intonaiton
  • pitch range
  • Kammu
  • Mon-Khmer

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