Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Prosodic Variation of Focused Syllables of Disyllabic Word in Mandarin Chinese

Zhenglai Gu (1), Hiroki Mori (1), Hideki Kasuya (2)

(1) Graduate School of Engineering, (2) Faculty of Engineering, Utsunomiya University, Japan

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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Bibliographic reference.  Gu, Zhenglai / Mori, Hiroki / Kasuya, Hideki (2000): "Prosodic variation of focused syllables of disyllabic word in Mandarin Chinese", In ICSLP-2000, vol.1, 633-636.