Prosody and pragmatic function in next-turn repetitions across five languages

Project Details


This projects examines the role of prosody — generally understood as the acoustic-auditory post-lexical features of speech — in distinguishing the pragmatic function of next-turn repetitions in conversation across five languages: English, Finnish, French, Italian, and Finland Swedish. Next-turn repetitions are a recurrent conversational phenomenon that involves the lexical repetition of all or part of a speaker’s turn by another speaker in the next turn. The repetitions in focus are ones that problematise the repeated material and solicit a response by the original speaker, which often involves repairing a conversational problem. Previous research has shown that such repetitions can accomplish a range of pragmatic functions. But how do speakers distinguish different functions? And how do recipients know what to respond? The aim of this project is to examine the role played in this process by prosody, together with other interactional resources, and to do so from a cross-linguistic perspective, drawing on methods from linguistics, conversation analysis, and multimodal analysis, and bringing together both a qualitative and a quantitative approach
Short titleProsody and pragmatic function
Effective start/end date09/02/2015 → …

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Linguistics
  • Prosody
  • Pragmatics
  • Interaction
  • Conversation
  • Repetition
  • Comparison

Research Output

  • 1 Conference contribution

Pitch in next-turn repetitions and original turns in Finland Swedish

Huhtamäki, M., 2017, Nordic Prosody: Proceedings of the XIIth Conference, Trondheim 2016. Eggesbö Abrahamsen, J., Koreman, J. & van Dommelen, W. (eds.). Trondheim: Peter Lang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review


  • 2 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 1 Academic visit at UH
  • 1 Academic visit to other institution

Nordic prosody

Martina Huhtamäki (Speaker: Presenter)

10 Aug 201612 Aug 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

McGill University

Giovanni Rossi (Visiting researcher)

25 Nov 201611 Dec 2016

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Rasmus Persson

Giovanni Rossi (Host)

25 May 201529 May 2015

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH