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



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
Kort titelProsody and pragmatic function
Gällande start-/slutdatum09/02/2015 → …


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    Martina Huhtamäki (Talare: Presentation)

    10 aug 201612 aug 2016

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  • McGill University

    Giovanni Rossi (Besökande forskare)

    25 nov 201611 dec 2016

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  • Rasmus Persson

    Giovanni Rossi (Värd)

    25 maj 201529 maj 2015

    Aktivitet: Typer för att vara värd för en besökareAkademiskt besök på HU