Carryover effects on tones in Hong Kong Cantonese

Bin Li, Yihan Guan, Si Chen

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Tonal coarticulation has been found in connected speech in many tonal languages. The current study investigated the carryover effect on tones of Hong Kong Cantonese (Cantonese), by examining F0 perturbation and preservation of two rising tones (T2 and T5) under the influence of a preceding tone (Tx). Twenty-three young adults were recruited to read a wordlist containing disyllabic words (Tx+T2/T5) and monosyllabic characters in six lexical tones. Onsets, offsets, and contours of T2 and T5 were measured and entered for statistical analyses. The carryover effect of high and low tones was found on T2 and T5. The coarticulation triggered by the low tone carried throughout the entire tonal contour while the coarticulation triggered by the high tone did not, as offsets of pitch contours of T2 and T5 preceded by a high tone reached comparable levels of their own underlying pitch targets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-493
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
Event10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 25 May 202028 May 2020


  • Cantonese tones
  • Carryover effects
  • F0 perturbation
  • Preservation
  • Tonal coarticulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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