Realization of narrow focus in Hong Kong English declaratives-a pilot study
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AbstractNarrow focus, i.e., focus on one word, is realized differently in native English and Cantonese. While it is signaled primarily by on-focus F0 changes such as F0 range expansion in English, it is marked essentially by lengthening of duration in Cantonese. Another difference is the pitch of the post-focus elements. While native English demonstrates post-focus F0 compression, Cantonese shows no significant post-focus pitch change. To investigate how narrow focus is realized in Hong Kong English (HKE), an emergent variety of English spoken by native speakers of Cantonese in Hong Kong, a controlled production experiment was conducted with 8 HKE speakers. Results showed that while the HKE speakers did realize foci with significant on-focus F0 range expansion, they exhibited no post-focus compression.
All Author(s) ListFung H.S.H., Mok P.P.K.
Name of Conference7th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2014
Start Date of Conference20/05/2014
End Date of Conference23/05/2014
Place of ConferenceDublin
Country/Region of ConferenceIreland
Year2014
Month1
Day1
Pages964 - 968
ISSN2333-2042
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsFocus, Hong Kong English, Post-focus compression

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