A Corpus-driven Study of Discourse Intonation: The Hong Kong Corpus of Spoken English (prosodic)

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 325 pages
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The book is the first to apply David Brazil s Discourse Intonation systems (prominence, tone, key and termination) to the study of a corpus of authentic, naturally-occurring spoken discourses. The Hong Kong Corpus of Spoken English (prosodic) is made up of approximately one million words consisting of four sub-corpora of equal size, namely academic, conversation, business and public. The participants are all adults and typically have either Cantonese or English as their first language. The four Discourse Intonation systems are described in terms of how the system works and how they are manifested in the corpus, both across the sub-corpora and also across speakers in the corpus. The book is accompanied with a CD containing the prosodically transcribed corpus together with iConc which is the software designed and written specifically to interrogate the HKCSE (prosodic). The issues raised and discussed are all of importance in Conversation Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, Discourse Intonation, Pragmatics, and Intercultural Communication.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Discourse intonation systems
11
Transcribing the Hong Kong Corpus of Spoken English HKCSE
31
The iConc concordancing program
41
Tone Units
61
Prominence
85
Tones
125
Key and termination
161
appendix 1
207
appendix 2
211
appendix 3
215
appendix 4
257
appendix 5
271
appendix 6
291
Author index
319
Subject index
321

Conclusions and implications
193
References
199

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