Session Prosody VII:

Prosody VII: Pragmatics

Type: oral
Chair: Daniel Hirst
Date: Thursday - August 09, 2007
Time: 09:00
Room: 1 (Red)


Prosody VII-1 The role of pitch range in realising pragmatic contrasts - The case of two question types in Italian
Michelina Savino, Dept. of Psychology, University of Bari
Martine Grice, IfL - Phonetik, University of Cologne
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  In Bari Italian, the same pitch accent is used in two different types of question – those seeking information and those challenging what has been said (echo questions) However, they differ in their pitch range. A perception study was carried out, consisting of a semantically motivated identification task. Results provide preliminary evidence for the categorical perception of pitch range variation.
Prosody VII-2 Imperatives, Orders and Requests in European Portuguese Intonation
Isabel Falé, Onset-Centro de Estudos da Linguagem; Universidade Aberta
Isabel Hub Faria, Onset-Centro de Estudos da Linguagem; Departamento de Linguística Geral e Românica, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
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  The main aim of this study is to identify the phonetic features of European Portuguese imperative intonation. Recognition and categorization of intonation contours associated to imperative sentences and to illocutionary directive speech acts (order and request) were studied through two perception experiments. Acoustic and phonetic analyses of perception results revealed the F0 contour features of the European Portuguese imperative prototype. Imperative Order and request specific intonation characteristics were also described and analyzed. Intonation global parameters were enhanced on these analyses: pitch span and pitch register play an important role on grammatical and pragmatic distinctions.
Prosody VII-3 Intonation in Turkish Kabardian
Ayla Applebaum, UC Santa Barbara
Matthew Gordon, UC Santa Barbara
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  This paper reports on intonational characteristics of the Northwest Caucasian language Kabardian as spoken by the diaspora community of Turkey. As the first instrumental study of intonation in a Northwest Caucasian language, the current research expands our typological database on intonation systems. Drawing on a combination of conversational and elicited data, several findings emerged. Both statements and most question types, including yes/no and wh-questions, are associated with falling intonation. Terminal rises are found in certain questions and non-final items in a list. H* pitch accents occur in both statements and questions, while H* on an NP in questions is followed by a HL fall.

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