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Prosodic Focus in Malay without Post-focus Compression

Azid, MS; Xu, Y; (2020) Prosodic Focus in Malay without Post-focus Compression. Pertanika , 28 (S2) pp. 91-108. Green open access

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Abstract

Many studies across languages have recognised that focus substantially alters the prosodic structure of a sentence not only by increasing F0, intensity, and duration of the focused words but also by compressing the range of pitch and intensity of the post-focus words. Studies, however, are still not fully clear regarding the main effects of focus on focused and post-focused words in Malay. Analyses from the present study revealed that on-focused words had significantly increased F0, intensity, and duration, while post-focused words showed no significant lowering following the effect of focus. The outcomes of the study generalised Malay as a language without post-focus compression (PFC). These findings have implications on prosodic typology, language contact and the historical origin of Malay.

Type: Article
Title: Prosodic Focus in Malay without Post-focus Compression
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.pertanika.upm.edu.my/Pertanika%20PAPERS...
Language: English
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Keywords: Focus, Malay, post-focus compression
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112462
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