Prosody and Iconicity

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Sylvie Hancil, Daniel Hirst
John Benjamins Publishing, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 252 pages
The contributions to this volume focus on the interrelation between prosody and iconicity and shed new light on the topic by enlarging the number of parameters traditionally considered, and by confronting various theoretical backgrounds. The parameters taken into account include socio-linguistic criteria (age, sex, socio-economic category, region); different kinds of speech situation; affect (attitudes and emotions); gestures; morpho-syntactic constraints. The analysis is pursued in theoretical frameworks such as Information Structure theory, Grice's theory, Relevance theory, experiential blending, Gussenhoven's biological codes, prosodic modelling, automatic detection. The languages covered include English, French, Italian, Swedish, Egyptian Arabic, and Majorcan Catalan. The book will be of great interest to linguists working on prosody.
 

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Contents

Prosodic Iconicity and experiential blending
1
Emotional expressions as communicative signals
33
Peak alignment and surprise reading
61
Emotional McGurk effect and gender difference a Swedish study
75
Beyond the given
89
Pragmatic functions and the biological codes
109
Pitch accent types and the perception of focus in Majorcan Catalan whquestions
127
UK declarative rises and the frequency code
149
Iconic interpretation of rhythm in speech
161
Iconicity of melodic contours in French
181
A study of postural mimetic and gestural indicators combined with prosodic indicators
193
Automatic detection of emotion from reallife data
219
Prosody and Phonemes
233
Index
251
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