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The communicative functions of final rises in Finnish intonation

Ogden, R. and Routarinne, S. (2005) The communicative functions of final rises in Finnish intonation. Phonetica, 62 (2-4). pp. 160-175. ISSN 0031-8388

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Abstract

This paper considers the communicative function of final rises in Finnishconversational talk between pairs of teenage girls. Final rises are fairly common,occurring approximately twice a minute, predominantly on declaratives and in nar-rativesequences. We briefly consider the interplay between voice quality (known tobe a marker of transition relevance) and rising intonation in Finnish. We argue that innarrative sequences, rising terminals manage two main interactional tasks: they pro-videa place for a coparticipant to mark recipiency, and they project more talk by thecurrent speaker. Using a methodology which combines phonetic observation withconversation analysis, we demonstrate participants’ orientation to these functions.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Language and Linguistic Science (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2009 15:16
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2009 15:16
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000090096
Status: Published
Publisher: S. Karger AG
Identification Number: 10.1159/000090096
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7176

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