Prosodic Comparisons of Two Types of Realization of Focus in Mandarin

Ying Chen


Two types of narrow focus that differ in discourse context in Mandarin are investigated in terms of prosodic change from broad focus, namely, “completive focus” as the answer to a question with no contrastive meaning and “replacing focus” as the correction to reject the presupposed information with contrastiveness [1]. The acoustic analysis indicates that there are in-focus expansion of duration, F0 and intensity and post-focus compression of F0 and intensity in both types of narrow focus. However, the detailed statistic comparisons reveal that completive focus is acoustically realized with more salient prosodic variations than replacing focus.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-185

Cite as: Chen, Y. (2018) Prosodic Comparisons of Two Types of Realization of Focus in Mandarin. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 917-921, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-185.


@inproceedings{Chen2018,
  author={Ying Chen},
  title={Prosodic Comparisons of Two Types of Realization of Focus in Mandarin},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={917--921},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-185},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-185}
}