L-tone Focus and Word-internal PFC in Kaifeng Mandarin

Lei Wang


This investigation examines the effect of prosodic focus on Kaifeng Mandarin L-tone in disyllables through a production experiment involving eight speakers. It is revealed that based on fine-grained acoustic analysis, L-tone focus is characterized by both on-focus pitch range expansion and post-focus compression, along with an increased relative duration and intensity of the host syllable. A pre-L raising effect induced by word-final L focus is also shown to be present. These results may contribute to the cross-linguistic distribution of PFC and provide some insights into our understanding of L-tone focus in general.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-86

Cite as: Wang, L. (2018) L-tone Focus and Word-internal PFC in Kaifeng Mandarin. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 423-427, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-86.


@inproceedings{Wang2018,
  author={Lei Wang},
  title={L-tone Focus and Word-internal PFC in Kaifeng Mandarin},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={423--427},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-86},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-86}
}