Production and Perception of Prosodic Cues in Narrow & Corrective Focus in Urdu/Hindi

Farhat Jabeen, Bettina Braun


This study investigates the production and perception of prosodic cues to realize narrow and corrective focus inUrdu/Hindi. We recorded SOV sentences with the target constituentsat the preverbal position. Our results show that correctivelyfocused nouns have longer syllable duration, widerF0 range, early alignment of F0 peaks, variant production ofdowntrend, and less steep post-focal compression as comparedto narrowly focused nouns. We further set up a perception experimentto investigate if the difference in syllable duration ofnarrowly and correctively focused constituents is perceptible toUrdu/Hindi speakers. We manipulated syllable duration of thetarget constituents and presented them in contexts via a web basedinterface. Twenty-nine respondents rated the naturalnessof manipulated sentences in the given contexts. The analysisof respondents’ ratings indicated that while they accepted bothlong and short durations in narrow focus, they rated long durationsignificantly better in corrective focus. Our results lendsupport to earlier claims about the prosodic cues of correctivefocus in Urdu/Hindi [1, 2] and bring new evidence regarding theperceptual relevance of duration to cue corrective focus.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-6

Cite as: Jabeen, F., Braun, B. (2018) Production and Perception of Prosodic Cues in Narrow & Corrective Focus in Urdu/Hindi. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 30-34, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-6.


@inproceedings{Jabeen2018,
  author={Farhat Jabeen and Bettina Braun},
  title={Production and Perception of Prosodic Cues in Narrow & Corrective Focus in Urdu/Hindi},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={30--34},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-6},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-6}
}