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

    Project Details

    Description

    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
    StatusActive
    Effective start/end date09/02/2015 → …

    Fields of Science

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

      Giovanni Rossi (Visiting researcher)

      25 Nov 201611 Dec 2016

      Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic 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

    • Workshop on Next-turn repetitions

      Giovanni Rossi (Chair of organizing committee)

      26 May 201528 May 2015

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