Tuesday, December 6, 2011

head movement and tones

Seeing pitch: Visual information for lexical tones of Mandarin-Chinese by Trevor H. Chen and Dominic W. Massaro

Watch Vivian Cook's head movement when he utters English tones.

" For example, vowel duration tends to be longest for tone 3 and shortest for tone 4; amplitude tends to be lowest for tone 3 and highest for tone 4 "

Tone 4: 2-1-4 (low-fall-raise): longest
Tone 5: 5-1 (high fall): louder

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