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

Abstract

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.

Item Type:Article
Keywords (uncontrolled):prosody, pragmatics, relevance theory
Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
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