Intonation and discourse : biased questions

  • This paper surveys a range of constructions in which prosody affects discourse function and discourse structure.We discuss English tag questions, negative polar questions, and what we call “focus” questions. We postulate that these question types are complex speech acts and outline an analysis in Segmented Discourse Representation Theory (SDRT) to account for the interactions between prosody and discourse.

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Author:Nicholas Asher, Brian Reese
Parent Title (German):Interdisciplinary studies on information structure / Ishihara, S., S. Jannedy, and A. Schwarz (eds.) ; Working Papers of the SFB 632, Interdisciplinary studies on information structure (ISIS) ; Vol. 8
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2008/11/06
Year of first Publication:2007
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/11/06
Tag:SDRT; bias; complex speech acts; intonation; negative polar questions; prosody; tag questions
Page Number:38
First Page:1
Last Page:38
We would like to thank the audiences Sinn und Bedeutung 9 (Nijmegen), LENLS 2005 and 2006 (Kitakyushuu, Tokyo), CSSP 2005, the 42nd meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, and Sinn und Bedeutung 11 (Barcelona) for commenting on various aspects of the work presented in this paper.
Source:Working Papers of the SFB 632, Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure (ISIS), 8, 2007, S. 1-38 ;
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht