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Prosodic signaling of information and discourse structure from a typological perspective
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Speech Communication and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4628-3769
2015 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the relationship between prosody and information/discourse structure in spontaneous spoken folk tales in the tonal Mon-Khmer language Northern Kammu, a language that behaves as a typical phrase language where available boundary tones are enhanced to mark information structuring. Topic is always placed before Comment by syntactic movement if necessary. There is a prosodic signaling of the boundary between Topic and Comment. Discourse structure is reflected in prosody, and we find higher boundary tones near the boundaries between Discourse Units. The results are dicussed in terms of a typology of spoken discourse.

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Glasgow, UK: ICPHS , 2015.
Keyword [en]
prosodic typology, discourse struc ture, information structure, intonation, tone
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Computer Science Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-180419ISBN: 978-0-85261-941-4OAI: diva2:893718
18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences In Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences.

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Available from: 2016-01-13 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2016-03-01Bibliographically approved

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