On the mechanics of tonogenesis: Evidence from prevoicing

James Kirby, Robert Ladd

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The development of tone in many languages is thought to arise from the phonologization of obstruent-intrinsic F0 (‘onset F0’; e.g. Hombert et al., 1979). While onset F0 effects are both robust and perceptible, the conditions under which listeners come to interpret them as a primary cue remain unclear. Here, we explore the idea that tonogenesis may involve a stage where VOT is inversely related to the magnitude of onset F0 (cf. Beddor, 2009).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2014
Event3rd Workshop on Sound Change - California, United States
Duration: 28 May 201431 May 2014


Conference3rd Workshop on Sound Change
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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