Focus prosody in Fijian: A pilot study

Kwing Lok Albert LEE, Candide SIMARD, Apolonia TAMATA, Jiaying SUN, Tsz Ching MUT

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This paper presents an acoustic analysis of focus prosody in Fijian – a verb-first language. Through analyzing pitch (fo), intensity, and duration data, we compared (i) VP (i.e. initial) vs. neutral focus, (ii) subject vs. corrective-subject focus, and (iii) object vs. corrective-object focus. We found significant on-focus mean fo raising for VP focus, but no post-focus compression. Significant on-focus shortening of syllable duration was also observed. Compared with subject focus, corrective-subject is marked by significant on-focus increase in intensity and shortening of syllable duration. No significant difference between object and corrective-object focus was observed in the on-focus domain. Our findings pave the way for future systematic investigations of Fijian prosody, a currently understudied area in phonetics. Copyright © 2023 Guarant International.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Prague 2023
Place of PublicationCzech Republic
PublisherGuarant International
ISBN (Print)9788090811423
Publication statusPublished - 2023


Lee, A., Simard, C., Tamata, A., Sun, J., & Mut, T. C. (2023). Focus prosody in Fijian: A pilot study. In R. Skarnitzl & J. Volín (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Prague 2023 (pp. 3311-3315). Guarant International.


  • Fijian
  • Focus


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