Syntax-prosody Interface in Perception of Right Dislocation in Mandarin

Jing Ji


This article presents a perceptual experiment investigating the relative contributions of two prosodic properties in the perception of right dislocation in Mandarin. In contrast with the impression of pause in Mandarin right dislocation, the experimental results suggest that pause is acceptable in right-dislocated sentences since inserting a pause before the right-dislocated part does not significantly impact acceptability. Additionally, results show that there is an interaction between syntactic structure and prosodic properties. Non-NP right-dislocated sentences are more acceptable than NP counterparts. While pitch compression serves as a significant signal in the perception of NP right dislocated sentences, it does not significantly affect the perception of sentences with non-NPs. The distinction can be attributed to their different roles in the information structure of the main clause.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-72

Cite as: Ji, J. (2020) Syntax-prosody Interface in Perception of Right Dislocation in Mandarin. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 352-355, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-72.


@inproceedings{Ji2020,
  author={Jing Ji},
  title={{Syntax-prosody Interface in Perception of Right Dislocation in Mandarin}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={352--355},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-72},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-72}
}