[INDOLOGY] Pitch distinctions

Hock, Hans Henrich hhhock at illinois.edu
Sun Jun 14 15:37:33 EDT 2020


Dear Madhav,

Voiceless (agho.sa) consonants generally raise the pitch on neighboring syllables, voiceless (gho.savat) consonants lower it, especially voiced aspirated consonants. I don’t know whether there is a similar difference between plain and aspirated voiceless consonants.

My former student, Indranil Dutta, wrote his dissertation on the properties of aspirated and plain stops in Hindi. He’s now at EFLU Hyderabad. If you would like, I can send you his contact from my work computer

All the best

Hans

On Jun 14, 2020, at 13:07, Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:


Thanks, I'll check them out.

Madhav

On Sun, Jun 14, 2020 at 10:46 AM Dieter Gunkel <dcgunkel at gmail.com<mailto:dcgunkel at gmail.com>> wrote:
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<mailto: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
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