Interaction between Pitch Accent Vowel Devoicing in Different Varieties of Japanese

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Interaction between Pitch Accent Vowel Devoicing in Different Varieties of Japanese

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Interaction between Pitch Accent Vowel Devoicing in Different Varieties of Japanese
Author: Hugte, Thom van
Issue Date: 2018-08-30
Keywords: Japanese
Tokyo Japanese
Pitch Accent
Vowel Devoicing
Koshikijima Japanese
Gifu Japanese
Tarui Japanese
Japanese Dialects
Abstract: Abstract This thesis explores the effect that vowel devoicing has on pitch accent in Tokyo Japanese as well as in the Gifu (Tarui) and Koshikijima varieties. The relation between these two phenomena is understudied despite being interesting due to the apparent paradox of a high tone in a devoiced mora, which by definition cannot have pitch. The data consists of recordings of spoken language from existing databases online and of my own data from a phonetic experiment. By analyzing spectrograms in Praat and using the same methodology consistently for all data, this study aims to research how the phonological pitch accent and the phonetic process of vowel devoicing interact in all three varieties and to effectively compare the results.
Supervisor: Uegaki, Wataru
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Taalwetenschap (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Descriptive Linguistics
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/65877
 

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