Loquens, Vol 1, No 2 (2014)

A comparison of Spanish lexical stress and two standard Mandarin tones in isolated words: The tonal contour


https://doi.org/10.3989/loquens.2014.011

Junming Yao
Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Spain

Abstract


This comparative study investigates the relationship between the contour of the word-level stress in Spanish and that of two standard tones in Mandarin Chinese, namely the first and the fourth tones. The experiment was carried out with isolated Spanish words. Contour similarity was found between the word-level stress in Spanish par-oxytone (non-hiatus) and proparoxytone words and the first Chinese tone, as well as between the stress in oxytone words and the fourth tone. These results could be used in teaching Spanish to Chinese students and vice versa.

Keywords


Spanish; Mandarin Chinese; word-level stress; tones; contour similarity

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