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Anqi is a researcher in the programme “Get the focus right: a cross-linguistic study on prosodic encoding of focus in children” led by Dr. Aoju Chen in UiL OTS. Anqi is doing the Chinese and Korean subproject in this programme.
 
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All publications
  2015 - Articles in volumes / proceedings
Yang, A., Cho, T., Kim, S. & Chen, A. (2015). Phonetic focus-marking in Korean-speaking 7- to 8-year-olds and adults. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences Glasgow: University of Glasgow.
  2015 - Poster
Yang, A., Cho, T., Kim, S. & Chen, A. (2015). Phonetic focus-marking in Korean-speaking 7- to 8-year-olds and adults.
  2014 - Articles
Yang, Anqi & Chen, A. (22.05.2014). Prosodic focus marking in Chinese four- and eight-year-olds. Proceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody, 7, (pp. 713-717).
  2014 - Articles in volumes / proceedings
Yang, Anqi & Chen, Aoju (15.05.2014). Prosodic focus marking in child and adult Mandarin Chinese. The 4th International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages
  2014 - Paper
Yang, Anqi & Chen, Aoju (15.05.2014). Prosodic focus marking in child and adult Mandarin Chinese.
Yang, Anqi, Cho, Taehong, Kim, Sahyang & Chen, Aoju (11.09.2014). Prosodic focus-marking in Korean-speaking children and adults: a phonetic study.
  2014 - Poster
Yang, Anqi & Chen, A. (22.05.2014). Prosodic focus marking in Chinese four- and eight-year-olds.
Yang, Anqi & Chen, A. (16.07.2014). Type seems to matter: Prosodic focus marking in child Mandarin Chinese.
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Completed projects

Project:
Get the focus right: a cross-linguistic study on prosodic encoding of focus in children 01.04.2011 to 01.04.2016
General project description


To ensure efficient communication, speakers flag the new information or focus in a sentence to draw listeners' attention to it. Many languages use prosody for this purpose. For instance, in Dutch, the focused word gets accented, whereas the post-focus sequence is spoken with a flat pitch pattern (deaccented). For a long time it has been believed that children can use prosody to highlight focus early on because of universal physiological mechanisms. My recent work on two-year-olds’ use of prosody has however shown that children are initially not adultlike in focus marking, implying that prosodic encoding of focus needs to be acquired. This project will investigate how children acquire this capacity over time.

Importantly, languages differ in how they highlight focus prosodically, both in the focused constituent and the post-focus constituents. Languages also differ in which prosodic parameters are used for both lexical purposes and focus marking. These differences between languages imply language-specificity in both the rate and the route of acquiring prosodic encoding of focus. Thus far, work on children's focus marking has been limited to West Germanic languages and failed to shed light on language-specificity on this matter. Further, little attention has been paid to individual variation whereas individual variation is characteristic of language development. In this project, we will study how 4- to 10-year-olds acquire prosodic encoding of focus in four languages that differ sharply in both prosodic realisation of focus and lexical specifications of prosody, i.e. Chinese, Korean, Swedish and Dutch. Particular attention will be given to individual variation in the rate and the route of acquisition. Reliable data with pre-determined lexical content and focus conditions will be elicited via established methods.

In doing so, we aim to develop a comprehensive theory of acquisition of prosodic encoding of focus with an emphasis on language-specificity and individual variation.



Project site: http://focus.wp.hum.uu.nl

 
Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant: VIDI grant (800,000 euro) in the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of NWO
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Frank Bijlsma
  • Paula Cox
  • Xiaoli Dong
  • Martine Veenendaal
  • Saskia Verstgen
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Full name
A. Yang Contact details
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E-mail
A.Yang1@uu.nl
Postal address
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3512 JK    UTRECHT
The Netherlands
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