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Prosody in Conversation
Interactional Studies

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Part of Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics

Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, Margret Selting, Peter Auer, Bill Wells, Sue Peppé, Frank Ernst Müller, John Local, Susanne Günthner, Susanne Uhmann, Clare Tarplee, Marjorie Harness Goodwin
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  • Date Published: July 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521460750

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  • The essays in this volume are all analyses of prosody--primarily intonation and rhythm--and the role it plays in everyday conversation. Prosody emerges as a strategy deployed by interactants in the management of turn-taking and floor-holding; in the negotiation of conversational activities such as repair, assessments, announcements, reproaches and news receipts; and in the keying of the tone or modality of interactional sequences. The material studied is taken not from constructed laboratory data but from genuine English, German and Italian conversations.

    • Takes a genuinely empirical approach to the study of prosody in naturally occurring verbal interaction
    • Advocates an innovative methodology combining insights from prosodic research, conversation analysis and contextualization theory
    • Contains individual studies of the role of prosody with respect to turn-taking, activity sequences, tone and modality
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    "This is a compelling, innovative, and outstandingly well-edited collection; it deserves to be read not only by those interested in all aspects of prosody, but also by those studying conversation...and other forms of language use in interaction." Paul Drew, Language in Society

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    • Date Published: July 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521460750
    • length: 484 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 145 x 39 mm
    • weight: 0.755kg
    • contains: 100 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Foreword by John J. Cumperz
    Introduction
    1. Towards an interactional perspective on prosody and a prosodic perspective on interaction Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen and Margret Selting
    2. On the prosody and syntax of turn-continuations Peter Auer
    3. Ending up in Ulster: prosody and turn-taking in English dialects Bill Wells and Sue Peppé
    4. Affiliating and disaffiliating with continuers: prosodic aspects of recipiency Frank Ernst Müller
    5. Conversational phonetics: some aspects of news receipts in everyday talk John Local
    6. Prosody as an activity-type distinctive cue in conversation: the case of so-called 'astonished' questions in repair initiation Margret Selting
    7. The prosodic contextualization of moral work: an analysis of reproaches in 'why'-formats Susanne Günther
    8. On rhythm in everyday German conversation: beat clashes in assessment utterances Susanne Uhmann
    9. The prosody of repetition: on quoting and mimicry Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen
    10. Working on young children's utterances: prosodic aspects of repetition during picture labelling Clare Tarplee
    11. Informings and announcements in their environment: prosody within a multi-activity work setting Marjorie Harness Goodwin
    Indexes.

  • Editors

    Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, Universität Konstanz, Germany

    Margret Selting, Universität Potsdam, Germany

    Contributors

    Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, Margret Selting, Peter Auer, Bill Wells, Sue Peppé, Frank Ernst Müller, John Local, Susanne Günthner, Susanne Uhmann, Clare Tarplee, Marjorie Harness Goodwin

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