15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)
This paper investigates how different types of focus in English are realised prosodically. Two production experiments were conducted to explore the phonetic and phonological correlates of broad, narrow and contrastive focus on NP constituents. The findings suggest that there are small but significant differences between the three types of focus. Words under narrow and contrastive focus tend to have longer duration. In sentences with two pitch accents, the second pitch peak undergoes a smaller degree of downstep when associated with contrastive focus. There was no clear evidence of association between a focus type and a particular pitch accent.
Bibliographic reference. Sityaev, Dmitry / House, Jill (2003): "Phonetic and phonological correlates of broad, narrow and contrastive focus in English", In ICPhS-15, 1819-1822.