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Acoustic Analysis of the Pitch of Tibetan Amdo Tianzhu Dialect

Dawa Phuntsok;Sangta;Northwest University for Nationalities;Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University;  
Tone is a later development for many of the Tibetan dialects. To study the pitch pattern of non-tonaldialects of Tibetan can provide us with a better insight into the property of tone in those tonal dialects of Tibetan,even to other languages. A regular pitch pattern has been found by acoustically analyzing of the monosyllabicand dissyllabic words. For monosyllabic words, the pitch contour is correlated to the initials and codas of the syl-lable. For dissyllabic words, the second syllable is stresses with the contribution of fundamental frequencies. Fi-nally, the general discussion is conducted by comparing the pitch pattern of Tianzhu with the tone pattern of Lha-sa and Kham(s De.dge and Yul.shul).
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