Prosodic variation of focused syllables of disyllabic word in Mandarin Chinese

Abstract

This paper describes a study on how disyllabic on-focus words under a certain context condition affects the variations of prosodic correlates of syllables in terms of different focal positions in Mandarin Chinese. The study shows that: (1) there is no direct link between semantic structure of disyllabic on-focus words and the prosodic correlates, but an indirect link through the mediation of focus positions; (2) the prosodic correlates of the second syllable are more variable than those of the first syllable. Specifically, there is a significant asymmetry of vowel duration and fundamental frequency (F0) range between the pre-focus and post-focus syllables.

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@inproceedings{Gu2000ProsodicVO, title={Prosodic variation of focused syllables of disyllabic word in Mandarin Chinese}, author={Zhenglai Gu and Hiroki Mori and Hideki Kasuya}, booktitle={INTERSPEECH}, year={2000} }