The Weighted SFC (WSFC) model is an extension to the SFC that can capture the prominence of each functional prototype contour in the final prosody [wsfc]. It does so through incorporating weighted contour generators (WCGs) in which weights are used to scale the prosodic contours based on their linguistic context, shown in Fig. 1 (all figures taken from [wsfc]). The WSFC has been shown to be able to successfully capture the impact of attitude and emphasis on prototype prominence.
The WSFC has been shown to be able to successfully capture the impact of attitude and emphasis on prototype prominence. In Fig. 2 we can see that the syntactic function contours, while full-blown for the declaration (DC) attitude, are significantly diminished when dor the incredulous question (DI). In Fig. 3 we can see the effect of emphasis (word focus) on increasing the prominence of the tone function contours.