The relevance of tones: prosodic meanings in utterance interpretation and in relevance theory
Clark, Billy (2012) The relevance of tones: prosodic meanings in utterance interpretation and in relevance theory. The Linguistic Review, 29 (4). pp. 643-661. ISSN 1613-3676
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/tlr-2012-0024
This paper contributes to the development of a relevance-theoretic account of prosody by considering how the meanings of British English nuclear tones can be embedded in a more general relevance theoretic account and how the proposed meanings might combine with the meanings of other linguistic and non-linguistic stimuli in the interpretation of particular utterances. It presents a suggestion for the meanings of tones in Southern British English, explaining how they !t into the larger framework and into fuller accounts of the interpretation of individual utterances. It considers what this approach says about the nature of the prosodic meanings assumed and about how the semantics pragmatics distinction might be understood with regard to prosody. Finally, it considers how this approach might be compared with approaches in other frameworks.
|Keywords (uncontrolled):||prosody, pragmatics, relevance theory|
|Research Areas:||School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature|
|Deposited On:||05 Nov 2012 10:45|
|Last Modified:||13 May 2014 15:23|
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