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Paboudjian, Chantal. 2011. Sociocultural influences and prosodic variations. Journal of Pragmatics 43 (7) : 1912–1928.
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Language as a subject
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This article focuses on the importance of acknowledging sociocultural and sociohistorical elements in the interpretation of prosodic meaning and especially of intonational contour meaning. Various intonational features of the African-American Vernacular English speech community are observed to communicate sense of community, playfulness, and creativity, derived from Africa and the socio-economic changes the group has faced, and used for the expression of validation of black identity.