Information structure and prosodic prominence: how does sentence final particle affect Cantonese intonation?

Hong Zhang, Mark Liberman, Tan Lee


This study addresses the question of whether and how morphosyntactic cues to information structure may affect sentence prosody in Cantonese. Cantonese Sentence Final Particles (SFP) are considered as the optional marker for information structure in the colloquial form of the language. A Cantonese version of the Map Task Corpus has been collected. Regression analyses have found a trade-off relation between prosodic and morphosyntactic means for focus marking. However, the effect size is rather small, which may not be auditorily significant. The results of this study can help us understand how sentence structure and meanings are related to prosody.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-182

Cite as: Zhang, H., Liberman, M., Lee, T. (2018) Information structure and prosodic prominence: how does sentence final particle affect Cantonese intonation?. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 903-907, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-182.


@inproceedings{Zhang2018,
  author={Hong Zhang and Mark Liberman and Tan Lee},
  title={Information structure and prosodic prominence: how does sentence final particle affect Cantonese intonation?},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={903--907},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-182},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-182}
}