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Query:   Whispering and singing in tone languages
Author:  Susan Fischer
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Language Documentation
Phonetics
Phonology

Summary:   A FEW WEEKS AGO I POSTED THE FOLLOWING QUERY:

> THIS QUESTION WAS THE RESULT OF A LATE-NIGHT IDLE CONVERSATION, AND,
> FRANKLY, LITTLE OF SCHOLARLY WORTH IS LIKELY TO COME OUT OF IT, BUT
> HERE GOES: IN A TONE LANGUAGE, AND HERE I'M THINKING PARTICULARLY OF
> CHINESE, IS THERE SOME KIND OF COMPENSATORY PROCESS FOR CONVEYING
> TONES WHEN WHISPERING (OR SINGING), SUCH AS SUBSTITUTING STRESS FOR A
> HIGHER TONE, OR DOES CONTEXT ALONE DISAMBIGUATE POTENTIAL HOMONYMS?
> PLEASE RESPOND TO ME PRIVATELY AND I WILL SUMMARIZE FOR THE LIST GIVEN
> SUFFICIENT RESPONSES.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE FOR THEIR THOUGHTFUL RESPONSES:
SCOTT MCGINNIS
KORMI ANIPA
CATHRYN DONAHUE < DONOHUE@UCLA.EDU>
RALF GROSSERHODE
GERALD B MATHIAS
JONATHAN GLASSOW
GEOFFREY SAMPSON
JERRY PACKARD
CHILIN SHIH
DAN MOONHAWK ALFORD

SEVERAL INTERESTING THREADS EMERGE FROM THE RESPONSES, EXTRACTS
OF WHICH ARE GIVEN BELOW EACH NUMBERED PARAGRAPH; UNLESS
OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, REMARKS ARE ABOUT CHINESE:

1) FOR SOME BUT APPARENTLY NOT ALL TONE LANGUAGES, EVEN IF TONES
ARE NEUTRALIZED VIA WHISPERING, OTHER PHONETIC CORRELATES SUCH
AS AMPLITUDE, LENGTH, AND LARYNGEAL ACTIVITY REMAIN;

LL Issue: 8.567
Date Posted: 22-Apr-1997
Original Query: Read original query