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Conference Paper: Cantonese tones and musical intervals

TitleCantonese tones and musical intervals
Authors
KeywordsTone
Music
Musical interval
Frequency ratio
Cantonese
Issue Date2013
Citation
The 2013 International Conference on Phonetics of the Languages in China (ICPLC-2013), Hong Kong, China, 2-4 December 2013. In Conference Proceedings, 2013, p. 155-158 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper looks into how linguistic tones can be understood as musical tones. It provides a demonstration of the relationship between linguistic tone and musical intervals (MIs), which is especially relevant for Chinese languages since they mostly have relatively complex tonal systems, with more than a two-way tonal distinction, and contour tones. It tests whether MI gives any insight into the human language use of tone. Tones in the Cantonese spoken in Hong Kong (HKC) are used as a testing case. Six HKC speakers balanced for biological gender are selected for this project. The fundamental frequencies of the tones traditionally classified in the same tonal category are extracted with Praat, then time-normalized across syllables at 10% interval points of the rhymes. The mean values of the interval points of two relatively level tones are expressed in terms of ratio which is then used to match with the closest MI on the musical scale. A compatible treatment of contour tones is provided for the two rising tones in HKC. Through demonstrating that MI is a viable way to interpret linguistic tone on a musical scale, it is found that contour tones can be compatible with the analysis of the relatively level tones. Also, MIs can possibly serve as a referential indicator of tone merger.
DescriptionOral Session 8
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205625

 

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dc.contributor.authorYiu, SSYen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-20T04:14:03Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-20T04:14:03Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 2013 International Conference on Phonetics of the Languages in China (ICPLC-2013), Hong Kong, China, 2-4 December 2013. In Conference Proceedings, 2013, p. 155-158en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205625-
dc.descriptionOral Session 8-
dc.description.abstractThis paper looks into how linguistic tones can be understood as musical tones. It provides a demonstration of the relationship between linguistic tone and musical intervals (MIs), which is especially relevant for Chinese languages since they mostly have relatively complex tonal systems, with more than a two-way tonal distinction, and contour tones. It tests whether MI gives any insight into the human language use of tone. Tones in the Cantonese spoken in Hong Kong (HKC) are used as a testing case. Six HKC speakers balanced for biological gender are selected for this project. The fundamental frequencies of the tones traditionally classified in the same tonal category are extracted with Praat, then time-normalized across syllables at 10% interval points of the rhymes. The mean values of the interval points of two relatively level tones are expressed in terms of ratio which is then used to match with the closest MI on the musical scale. A compatible treatment of contour tones is provided for the two rising tones in HKC. Through demonstrating that MI is a viable way to interpret linguistic tone on a musical scale, it is found that contour tones can be compatible with the analysis of the relatively level tones. Also, MIs can possibly serve as a referential indicator of tone merger.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofProceedings of the International Conference on Phonetics of the Languages in China, ICPLC-2013en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectTone-
dc.subjectMusic-
dc.subjectMusical interval-
dc.subjectFrequency ratio-
dc.subjectCantonese-
dc.titleCantonese tones and musical intervalsen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailYiu, SSY: syutji@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.hkuros240131en_US
dc.identifier.spage155-
dc.identifier.epage158-

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