15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)
Taiwanese noun phrases contrasting semantically to various degrees
with noun phrases mentioned in the previous discourse context were
compared for prosodic consequences of focus of attention (narrow focus)
on newly introduced information in the discourse. A word not mentioned
in the immediately previous context was more likely to receive focal
prominence than a word that was already given in the discourse context.
Syllables produced with focal prominence were longer in duration and higher in pitch than those without, but the lengthening effect and the pitch-raising effect did not necessarily surface together on syllables with narrow focus.
Bibliographic reference. Peng, Shu-hui (2003): "Prosodic effects of contextual semantic contrast in spontaneous speech", In ICPhS-15, 1245-1248.