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Title: Osaka and Kagoshima Japanese citation tone acoustics: A linguistic-tonetic comparative study
Author: Shunichi Ishihara
Institution: Australian National University
Linguistic Field: Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Japanese
Abstract: The pitch realisations of the accentual systems in Osaka Japanese (OJ) and Kagoshima Japanese (KJ) have been auditorily described in detail, and analysed within various phonological frameworks. However, little linguistic-phonetic descriptive research has been undertaken on the accent types of Japanese dialects in such a way as to enable a cross-dialectal comparison of their acoustic realisation. In this study, linguistic-tonetic representations of OJ and KJ tonalities are derived from normalised acoustic representations for pitch patterns conventionally described as LH, LHL, LLH and LLLH. A comparison of these representations across the two dialects demonstrates some significant differences in the acoustic realisation of the H/L units. The implications of these observed differences for surface tonal representation of KJ within Autosegmental-Metrical theory are also explored.

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This article appears IN Journal of the International Phonetic Association Vol. 42, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .



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