Chapter in:Building Categories in Interaction: Linguistic resources at work
Edited by Caterina Mauri, Ilaria Fiorentini and Eugenio Goria
[Studies in Language Companion Series 220] 2021
► pp. 156–186
The Camel Humps prosodic pattern
Listing for disaffiliating in spoken Hebrew
This chapter presents an analysis of a common prosodic pattern in spoken Hebrew. The pattern is characterized by a repetition of high rise-fall pitch movements, which visualize as successive “humps” in the pitch curve. Based on analysis of naturally occurring conversations, I show that speakers use this pattern to construct open lists of reinforcements for a counter-stance they take. In some cases, the use of the pattern is itself the act of taking a counter-stance, that is, in such cases the disaffiliation between the stance-takers is only prosodically cued. Such cases demonstrate that prosodic list patterns are used not only for the task of enumerating items under one category, but also as a resource for complex interactional activities.The structure of the chapter is as follows. In Section 1, I introduce the premises underlying this study and describe the data. Section 2 includes a formal analysis of the pattern, followed by a functional analysis in Section 3. Conclusions are drawn in Section 4.
Keywords: prosody, Hebrew, list construction, stance, affiliation