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J Acoust Soc Am. 2005 May;117(5):3225-30.

The effects of tones on speaking frequency and intensity ranges in Mandarin and Min dialects.

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Department of Speech and Hearing Disorders and Sciences, National Taipei College of Nursing, #89, Nei-Chiang Street, Wanhua 108, Taipei, Taiwan. shchen@ntcn.edu.tw

Abstract

The differences of speaking frequency and intensity in different tonal dialects has not been widely investigated. The purposes of this study were (1) to compare the speaking frequency and speaking intensity ranges of Mandarin and Min and (2) to compare the speaking frequency and intensity ranges of Mandarin and Min to those of American English. The subjects were 80 normal Taiwanese adults divided into two dialect groups, Mandarin and Min. The speaking F0, the highest speaking F0, the lowest speaking F0, the maximum range of speaking F0, and the intensity counterpart were obtained from reading in their native dialects. Statistical analysis revealed that Min speakers had a significantly greater maximum range of speaking intensity and a smaller lowest speaking intensity than Mandarin speakers, which indicated tonal effects by speakers of the Min dialect. Moreover, Mandarin and Min speakers had a greater maximum range of speaking F0 and maximum range of speaking intensity than American English speakers. The data may provide an assessment tool for Mandarin speakers and Min speakers.

PMID:
15957789
DOI:
10.1121/1.1872312
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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