A Corpus Study of the Prosody of Polysyllabic Words in Mandarin Chinese

  title={A Corpus Study of the Prosody of Polysyllabic Words in Mandarin Chinese},
  author={Catherine Lai and Yanyan Sui and Jiahong Yuan},
This paper presents a corpus study of polysyllabic words in Standard Mandarin Chinese. In particular, this study investigates their prosodic features with respect to the notions of prosodic strength and stress. We find a robust strong-weak alternation with respect to F0, but different patterns for duration. In disyllabic words the first syllable tends be slightly longer than the second. However, for three and four syllable words the last syllable is the longest, followed by the first. These… CONTINUE READING
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