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Conference Paper: Musical intervals of tones in Cantonese English

TitleMusical intervals of tones in Cantonese English
Authors
KeywordsTone and music
Musical interval
Frequency ratio
Cantonese English
Hong Kong English
Issue Date2014
PublisherSFI.
Citation
The 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody (Speech Prosody 7), Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 20-23 May 2014. In SP-7 Proceedings, 2014, p. 587-591 How to Cite?
AbstractIt has been shown that the relative pitch levels of Cantonese tones closely correspond to musical intervals (MIs) [1]. Given that an emerging tone language, Cantonese English, has developed tone under the substrate influence of Cantonese, this paper examines the correspondence between the newly emerged tones and MIs, and how the musical analogy relates to those established for Cantonese. The fundamental frequencies of the tones produced by six speakers of Cantonese English were extracted with Praat, then time-normalized across rhymes. The mean values of the interval points of two tones were expressed in terms of ratio, then matched with the closest MI on the musical scale. This paper demonstrates that the pitch levels of tones in Cantonese English correspond to MIs, given the converging ranges of MIs for different speakers and similar MIs of different tone pairs for different speakers. It also shows that the MIs of tones in Cantonese English are related to the corresponding tone pairs for Cantonese. The viability of MI as a means to understand the tonal system of non-tonal languages whose speakers’ native language is tonal extends the link between the use of pitch in speech tones and music.
Description2. DayTwo-May21st: 2.4 Wednesday Session Four - perception and intonation: no. 2.4.43
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205628
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dc.contributor.authorYiu, SSYen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-20T04:14:04Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-20T04:14:04Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody (Speech Prosody 7), Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 20-23 May 2014. In SP-7 Proceedings, 2014, p. 587-591en_US
dc.identifier.issn2333-2042-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205628-
dc.description2. DayTwo-May21st: 2.4 Wednesday Session Four - perception and intonation: no. 2.4.43-
dc.description.abstractIt has been shown that the relative pitch levels of Cantonese tones closely correspond to musical intervals (MIs) [1]. Given that an emerging tone language, Cantonese English, has developed tone under the substrate influence of Cantonese, this paper examines the correspondence between the newly emerged tones and MIs, and how the musical analogy relates to those established for Cantonese. The fundamental frequencies of the tones produced by six speakers of Cantonese English were extracted with Praat, then time-normalized across rhymes. The mean values of the interval points of two tones were expressed in terms of ratio, then matched with the closest MI on the musical scale. This paper demonstrates that the pitch levels of tones in Cantonese English correspond to MIs, given the converging ranges of MIs for different speakers and similar MIs of different tone pairs for different speakers. It also shows that the MIs of tones in Cantonese English are related to the corresponding tone pairs for Cantonese. The viability of MI as a means to understand the tonal system of non-tonal languages whose speakers’ native language is tonal extends the link between the use of pitch in speech tones and music.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSFI.-
dc.relation.ispartofSocial and Linguistic Speech Prosody: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Speech Prosodyen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectTone and music-
dc.subjectMusical interval-
dc.subjectFrequency ratio-
dc.subjectCantonese English-
dc.subjectHong Kong English-
dc.titleMusical intervals of tones in Cantonese Englishen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailYiu, SSY: syutji@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.hkuros240143en_US
dc.identifier.spage587-
dc.identifier.epage591-
dc.publisher.placeIrelanden_US

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