Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/578721
Title:
The Phonetics of Mandarin Tones in Conversation
Author:
Brenner, Daniel Scott
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Mandarin tone categories are universally thought to center on pitch information, but previous work (Berry, 2009; Brenner, 2013) has shown that pitch cues reduce in the conversational context, as do the other concurrent cues such as duration or intensity that secondarily signal tone categories. This dissertation presents two experiments (an isolated word perception experiment, and a dictation experiment) aimed at discovering how Mandarin listeners deal with these reduced cues under everyday conversational conditions. It is found that detailed spectral information is far more useful in the perception of Mandarin tones—both in isolated words and in the perception of full conversational utterances—than pitch contours, and that the removal of pitch from the recordings does not greatly influence perception of the tone categories.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Mandarin; phonetics; reduction; speech perception; tone; Linguistics; conversation
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Linguistics
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Warner, Natasha

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleThe Phonetics of Mandarin Tones in Conversationen_US
dc.creatorBrenner, Daniel Scotten
dc.contributor.authorBrenner, Daniel Scotten
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractMandarin tone categories are universally thought to center on pitch information, but previous work (Berry, 2009; Brenner, 2013) has shown that pitch cues reduce in the conversational context, as do the other concurrent cues such as duration or intensity that secondarily signal tone categories. This dissertation presents two experiments (an isolated word perception experiment, and a dictation experiment) aimed at discovering how Mandarin listeners deal with these reduced cues under everyday conversational conditions. It is found that detailed spectral information is far more useful in the perception of Mandarin tones—both in isolated words and in the perception of full conversational utterances—than pitch contours, and that the removal of pitch from the recordings does not greatly influence perception of the tone categories.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen
dc.subjectMandarinen
dc.subjectphoneticsen
dc.subjectreductionen
dc.subjectspeech perceptionen
dc.subjecttoneen
dc.subjectLinguisticsen
dc.subjectconversationen
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineLinguisticsen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorWarner, Natashaen
dc.contributor.committeememberWarner, Natashaen
dc.contributor.committeememberHammond, Michaelen
dc.contributor.committeememberLiu, Feng-hsien
dc.contributor.committeememberSimonet, Miquelen
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