Gender difference in the sound change of lexical pitch accents of South Kyungsang Korean

Lee, Hyunjung

  • Received : 2015.11.15
  • Accepted : 2015.12.09
  • Published : 2015.12.31


Given a recent finding showing that female speakers of South Kyungsang Korean is undergoing a sound change of the lexical pitch accent, this study tested whether the change is also reflected for male speech. This study compared F0 scaling and timing properties of accent words produced by younger female and male speakers of South Kyungsang Korean. The results indicated clear gender-related differences, showing more distinct acoustic properties across the accent words for male production compared to females. Despite the better distinction, however, younger male speakers showed peak delay where the F0 peaks are located further to the right compared to conservative speakers' production. Therefore, it might be suggested that younger male speakers' accent productions are in between conservative and innovative phonetic forms.


Kyungsang Korean;sound change;lexical pitch accent;gender effect


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