Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Prosodic Marking of Topic Constructions in Mandarin Chinese

Chunsheng Yang

Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University, USA

This study examines the prosodic marking of topic constructions in Mandarin Chinese. The findings suggest that, even though on the surface there are prosodic markings that differentiate topics from comments, the difference is the product of the prosodic phrasing, coupled with the declination and final lowering, in that a topic construction is usually decomposed into to two prosodic constituents. This study highlights the importance of taking prosodic hierarchy into consideration in prosodic studies.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Yang, Chunsheng (2010): "Prosodic marking of topic constructions in Mandarin Chinese", In SP-2010, paper 007.