Intonation Units Revisited

Cesuras in talk-in-interaction

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Intonation units have been notoriously difficult to identify in natural talk. Problems include fuzzy boundaries, lack of exhaustivity, and the potential circularity involved when studying their interface with other language-organizational dimensions. This volume advocates a way to resolve such problems: the ‘cesura’ approach. Cesuras, or breaks in the flow of talk, are created by discontinuities in the prosodic-phonetic parameters of speech that cluster to various extents at certain points in time. Using conversation-analytic and interactional-linguistic methodology, the volume identifies the parameters creating cesuras in talk-in-interaction and proposes ways to notate them depending on the researcher’s goal. It also offers a way to study the role of cesuras at the prosody-syntax interface non-circularly, which leads to new insights concerning language variation and change. The volume will thus be of major import to anyone working with natural spoken language, its chunks, its various dimensions, and its variation and change.
[Studies in Language and Social Interaction, 29]  2016.  xviii, 318 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of Tables
ix–x
List of Figures
xi–xiv
List of Abbreviations
xv–xvi
Acknowledgements
xvii–xviii
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–12
Chapter 2. Previous approaches to prosodic-phonetic structuring
13–58
Chapter 3. The cesura approach
59–84
Chapter 4. Studying cesuring in talk: Methodological considerations
85–92
Chapter 5. The prosodic-phonetic parameters of cesuring
93–178
Chapter 6. Cesuras in response organization and the syntax-prosody interface
179–218
Chapter 7. Cesuras at work in language variation and change
219–258
Chapter 8. Conclusions
259–270
References
271–302
Appendix
303–312
Index
313–318
“The book presents a meticulous methodology for analysing the phonetic and prosodic structuring of natural speech data. There is no doubt that intonation phrases as an analytical construct are problematic for the empirical analysis of spoken language [...]. This book provides a strong and useful reference point for a very detailed approach, as the representation of empirical data is too often caught up in the need to categorise according to existing linguistic forms. The assumption that representation of an empirical reality is indeed possible is perhaps a rather positivist one. However, to have the methodological tools for an interaction analysis that is based on the most accurate notation possible is a strong addition to the field of interactional linguistics.”
“Alles in allem handelt es sich bei dieser Arbeit um einen neuen und spannenden Ansatz, der sicherlich in vielen Bereichen weiterführende Fragen aufwirft und einen neuen Blick auf etablierte linguistische Strukturen ermöglicht.”

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BIC Subject: CFH – Phonetics, phonology
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2016016229