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Tone in Whispered Speech
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1. Introduction

Whispering is a natural mode of communication; it is used for instance to reduce the perceptibility of speech. Unlike normal speech, the vocal folds remain open during whispering, which means that pitch is absent. Tone languages such as Mandarin utilize pitch differences for lexical contrast (in the form of lexical ton…

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Man GAO, “Tone in Whispered Speech”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000425>
First published online: 2015

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