Individual differences in Mandarin focus production

Yike Yang, Si Chen

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This paper investigated whether and how individual speakers of Mandarin Chinese (Mandarin) mark prosodic focus (broad focus vs verb focus) differently in their production, and tested focus effects on mean F0, duration and intensity. The findings indicated the role of the three acoustic cues in Mandarin focus marking at both the group and individual levels. Meanwhile, the individual data showed great variations among speakers in terms of the extent to which the cues were employed. It is proposed that the dynamics of acoustic cues should be considered in future studies and caution should be taken when selecting stimuli for focus perception studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 11th International Conference of Experimental Linguistics
EditorsAntonis Botinis
PublisherExLing Society
ISBN (Electronic)978-618-84585-1-2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • individual differences
  • speech production
  • prosody
  • focus
  • Mandarin


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