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Title: Focus acoustics in Mandarin nominals
Authors: Hsu, YY 
Xu, A 
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2017, Stockholm, Sweden, August 20-24, 2017, p. 3231-3235
Abstract: In addition to deciding what to say, interlocutors have to decide how to say it. One of the important tasks of linguists is then to model how differences in acoustic patterns influence the interpretation of a sentence. In light of previous studies on how prosodic structure convey discourse-level of information in a sentence, this study makes use of a speech production experiment to investigate how expressions related to different information packaging, such as information focus, corrective focus, and old information, are prosodically realized within a complex nominal. Special attention was paid to the sequence of “numeral-classifier-noun” in Mandarin, which consists of closely related sub-syntactic units internally, and provides a phonetically controlled environment comparable to previous phonetic studies on focus prominence at the sentential level. The result shows that a multi-dimensional strategy is used in focus-marking, and that focus prosody is sensitive to the size of focus domain and is observable in various lexical tonal environments in Mandarin.
Keywords: Corrective focus
Information focus
Mandarin
Nominal
Post-focal reduction
Publisher: International Speech Communication Association
ISSN: 2308-457X
DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1167
Rights: Copyright © 2017 ISCA
The following publication Hsu, Y. Y., & Xu, A. (2017). Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2017, Stockholm, Sweden, August 20-24, 2017, p. 3231-3235 is available at https://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1167
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