ERIC Number: ED342258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Correlations between the Three Level Tones and Vowel Durations in Standard Thai.
The correlation between individual level tones and vowel duration in Standard Thai was investigated. The study was prompted by the discrepancy between Gandour's 1977 claim that the pitch value of the three relatively level tones in Thai is negatively correlated with vowel duration and Roberson's 1982 disagreement with this hypothesis. The result of the present study supports Roberson; i.e., there is no correlation of the three level tones or vocalic nuclei and corresponding vowel duration values. It is suggested that Gandour's hypothesis may be supported, however, based on data available to him from various Thai dialects. Further study is recommended, particularly to determine whether there is any systematic correlation between a specific pitch (one specific short or long vowel) and vowel duration. Contains 14 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics. Vol. 13; see FL 020 123.