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Author Wu, Wing Li ♦ Xu, Yi
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Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Prosodic Focus ♦ Taiwan Mandarin ♦ Initial Consonant ♦ Pitch Excursion Size ♦ Chinese Dialect ♦ Prosodic Structure ♦ Related Language ♦ Main Acoustic Correlate ♦ Hong Kong Cantonese ♦ Post-focus Compression ♦ Focus Recognition Rate ♦ Perception Experiment ♦ Beijing Mandarin ♦ Recent Study ♦ Dynamic Tone
Description A recent study reported that post-focus compression (PFC) previously found in Beijing Mandarin is absent in two related languages, Taiwanese and Taiwan Mandarin, and that PFC is beneficial to focus recognition. This paper presents the results of acoustic and perception experiments for Hong Kong Cantonese, another Chinese dialect, which show that PFC does not occur in Hong Kong Cantonese, making it similar to Taiwanese and Taiwan Mandarin. Duration and intensity are found to be the two main acoustic correlates of prosodic focus in Hong Kong Cantonese, with pitch excursion size significant only in the dynamic tones. Focus recognition rate in Hong Kong Cantonese is high compared to the three languages above, and this suggests that other factors which were not examined, including the effect of prosodic structure on initial consonants, may also be important for the realization and recognition of prosodic focus.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2010-01-01
Publisher Institution In: Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2010