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Prosody and Conceptional Variation


Edited By Alexander Teixeira Kalkhoff, Maria Selig and Christine Mooshammer

Prosody is strongly influenced by situational variation along conceptional parameters, such as the degree of communicative collaboration, the degree of dialogicity, the degree of planning, or the degree of familiarity between partners. Prosodic research, however, still focuses more on decontextualized "prosodic grammars" than on prosodic variation itself. This book, which gathers contributions from the "Prosody and conceptional variation" panel at the Deutscher Romanistentag held in 2017 in Zürich, tackles methodological and theoretical issues of this interplay. Based on empirical analysis of a wide range of communicative situations, the book shows how phonetic, pragmatic, textual, and interactional perspectives can help to better understand how prosodic features and communicative settings are interrelated.

Prosody modeling – Conceptional variation – Data collection – Prosodic breaks – Intonational phrasing – Prosodic prominence – Prosodic features – Information structure