Item description for English Speech Rhythm (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series) by Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen...
This monograph reconsiders the question of speech isochrony, the regular recurrence of (stressed) syllables in time, from an empirical point of view. It proposes a methodology for discovreing isochrony auditorily in speech and for verifying it instrumentally in the acoustic laboratory. In a small-scale study of an English conversational extract, the "gestalt"-like rhythmic structures which isochrony creates are shown to have a hierarchical organization. Then in a large-sclae study of a corpus of British and American radio phone-in programmes and family table conversations, the function of speech rhythm at turn transitions is investigated. It is argued that speech rhythm serves as a metric for the timing of turn transitions in casual English conversation. The articular rhythmic configuration of a transition can be said to contextualize the next turn as, generally speaking, affiliative or disaffiliative with the prior turn. The empirical investigation suggests that speech rhythm patterns at turn transitions in everyday English conversations are not random occurrences or the result of a social-psychological adaptation process, but are contextualization cues which figure systematically in the creation and interpretation of linguistic meaning in communication.
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Studio: John Benjamins Publishing Co.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.54 lbs.
Release Date Jun 29, 1993
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing Co.
ISBN 9027250375 ISBN13 9789027250377
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More About Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen
Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Helsinki, Germany University of Helsinki University of H.