Data for: Syllable-internal corrective focus in Korean

Published: 15-08-2019| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/mt6fph6v2c.2
Miran Oh,
Dani Byrd


The paper related to this dataset examines the realization and scope of syllable-internal corrective focus in Korean. This acoustic study investigates prominence modulation at the sub-syllable level using a corrective focus task, examining duration and pitch, with particular attention to distinctions reflecting the gestural composition of Korean tense and lax consonants. The segmental focus production is elicited by responding to a question, for example, "Is X between the tree and Y'?" with Y' having a single segmental contrast with a target nonce-word (e.g., komanat, komatan). The recorded response sentences uploaded here as Supplemental Data have a form of "No, X is between the tree and Y," where Y is the target tri-syllabic nonce-word (e.g., komatat). Complementary (control) post-focus utterances are obtained by answering the question "Is Z between the tree and Y?" so that in response to that question, the word (X) preceding the target nonce-word (Y) is focused. Speakers were 16 young adults speaking Seoul Korean. The data files include all raw audio (wav) files used for data analysis. The paper’s results show that the scope of focus is not much smaller than the interval of syllable and that focus effects are manifested with systematic variations depending on the gestural structures, i.e., consonants, active during the domain of a focus gesture, irrespective of the elicited focus position within the syllable. Moreover, the findings provide support for an interaction between focus modulation and pitch accentual gestures. This work was supported by a grant to Dani Byrd from the NIDCD [DC003172]. Reference: Oh & Byrd (to appear). Syllable-internal Corrective Focus in Korean. Journal of Phonetics.