15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)
It is well established that focus may have prosodic reflexes in various languages. Previous data on Florentine Italian showed that broad focus and late narrow-contrastive focus utterances are marked by different pitch accents. With the present experiment we address the question whether a three way contrast exists in the intonational realization of broad, narrow-semantic and narrow-contrastive focus. Results show that while focus type (contrastive vs. non-contrastive) is signalled by different pitch accents, differences in focus scope (broad vs. narrow) are not.
Bibliographic reference. Avesani, Cinzia / Vayra, Mario (2003): "Broad, narrow and contrastive focus in florentine Italian", In ICPhS-15, 1803-1806.