Conditional realisation of post-focus compression in Japanese

Albert Lee, Yi Xu


The typological feature ‘post-focus fo range compression’ (PFC) is often considered an all-or-nothing phenomenon, being completely absent in -PFC languages but applied across-the-board in +PFC languages. This paper presents production data from Japanese and shows that, within a language, the realisation of PFC can be conditional upon lexical prosody. We further argue that this condition itself is language-specific, by comparing Japanese PFC with that in other +PFC languages. It is hoped that these results will further our understanding of the nature of focus intonation across languages.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-44

Cite as: Lee, A., Xu, Y. (2018) Conditional realisation of post-focus compression in Japanese. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 216-219, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-44.


@inproceedings{Lee2018,
  author={Albert Lee and Yi Xu},
  title={Conditional realisation of post-focus compression in Japanese},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={216--219},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-44},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-44}
}