Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan
Online ISSN : 2189-5961
Print ISSN : 1342-8675
Feature Articles: Progress in the Study of Filled Pauses
Chinese Demonstratives and Their Spoken Forms in a Conversational Corpus
Shu-Chuan Tseng
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2017 Volume 21 Issue 3 Pages 41-52


Demonstratives are a particular group of linguistic expressions in Chinese, categorized as pronouns, determiners, adverbs, connectives, or fillers. Utilizing a phonetically labeled conversational corpus, we examined the spoken form of Chinese demonstratives in this study. Specific selection preferences for phonological variants were identified in the corpus. Filler demonstratives are generally longer than their lexical counterparts. Disyllabic lexical and filler demonstratives show seemingly contrasting duration patterns. Deviating from the falling tone carried by lexical originals, filler demonstratives tend to be flat with a mid-height onset, as illustrated by representative tonal contours obtained by a proposed computational tone model.

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