Post-focus Compression in English-Cantonese Bilingual Speakers

  title={Post-focus Compression in English-Cantonese Bilingual Speakers},
  author={Wing Li Wu and Lisa Chung},
Post-focus compression (PFC), the lowering of fundamental frequency and intensity after focus, is previously found in English but not in Cantonese. This study examines the possible transfer of PFC between these two languages through bilingualism. It is found that out of ten bilingual EnglishCantonese speakers, eight have PFC in their English, but none has PFC in their Cantonese. This finding suggests that PFC is hard to transmit across languages through contact.