Chapter published in:In Search of Basic Units of Spoken Language: A corpus-driven approach
Edited by Shlomo Izre'el, Heliana Mello, Alessandro Panunzi and Tommaso Raso
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 94] 2020
► pp. 77–105
The basic unit of spoken language and the interfaces between prosody, discourse and syntax
A View from spontaneous spoken Hebrew
Looking at spoken language as an integrative whole, where prosody, syntax and discourse features interplay as to conveying information, I will try to figure out the best methodology for its research by advocating that the best candidate to be regarded as the basic unit of spoken discourse is the utterance. Arguments brought will be mainly phonetic, phonological (prosodic), informational, and syntactic. In addition, arguments from pragmatics and conversation analysis will be mentioned.
Keywords: prosodic units, utterance, segmentation, syntax, clause, predicate, spoken language, Hebrew
Published online: 18 June 2020
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