Acoustic analysis of the Maithili diphthongs (1985)

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There have been various studies on dipthongs during the past four decades or so, but the interpretations and definitions of dipthongs do not always agree. Some hold a dipthong is a blend of two perceptually different vowels within one and the same syllable; others hold it is a sequence of vowel and semi-vowel; while still others hold it is a vocalic syllable nucleus containing two target positions. The question then, is a dipthong really a pair of monophthongs, end to end? Is the perceived dipthong different from the perception of a pair of vowels? With the help of some attributes gathered from the results of a spectrographic study of the Maithili dipthongs, the author attempts to find some possible answers to this question.
Year: 1985
Language: English
In: Contributions to Nepalese Studies, Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS), Tribhuvan University (TU), Kathmandu,Nepal. Volume 12, Number 2, April 1985 (Baishakh 2042): http://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk/collections/journals/contributions/pdf/CNAS_12_02_01.pdf. Digital Himalaya: http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/journals/contributions/index.php?selection=12_2,

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