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Methodological imperatives for investigating the phonetic organisation and phonological structures of spontaneous speech

Local, J. and Walker, G. (2005) Methodological imperatives for investigating the phonetic organisation and phonological structures of spontaneous speech. Phonetica, 62 (2-4). pp. 120-130. ISSN 0031-8388

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Abstract

We describe and exemplify a methodology for providing an integratedaccount of the communicative function of parametric phonetic detail and its rela-tionshipwith interactional organization. We exemplify our analytic approach bydocumenting two different phonetic designs of stand-alone ‘so’ in a corpus ofrecorded American English telephone conversations. These two designs - whichencompass particular loudness, pitch and laryngeal characteristics - correlate withdifferent communicative functions and have different consequences for the inter-actional-sequential organization of the talk. We argue that if phonology is to betruly concerned with function and linguistic contrast, we need to induce thosefunctions and domains of contrast from a thoroughgoing phonetic and sequentialanalysis of talk-in-interaction.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Language and Linguistic Science (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2009 15:23
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2009 15:23
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000090093
Status: Published
Publisher: S. Karger AG
Identification Number: 10.1159/000090093
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7179

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