[INDOLOGY] Pitch distinctions

Dieter Gunkel dcgunkel at gmail.com
Sun Jun 14 13:45:49 EDT 2020


Dear Professor Deshpande,

There are such studies, and you will find them by searching for "intrinsic
pitch," "intrinsic fundamental frequency," and "intrinsic F0." I'm not an
expert in this area at all, but you might take as a starting point Carlos
Gussenhoven's 2004 *The Phonology of Tone and Intonation* §1.4.3, §3.6.1,
and §5.3.3.

Wishing you all the best,

Dieter Gunkel

On Sun, Jun 14, 2020 at 1:18 PM Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> I have been wondering if there are any phonetic studies of the different
> inherent pitches for various vowels and consonants. Is Sanskrit त
> intrinsically higher in pitch compared to थ द and ध?
>
> Madhav Deshpande
> --
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
>
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