DiSS-LPSS Joint Workshop 2010

The 5th Workshop on Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech
The 2nd International Symposium on Linguistic Patterns in Spontaneous Speech

Tokyo, Japan, September 25-26, 2010

Meaning and Use: A Pragmatic and Prosodic Analysis of Interjections in Conversational Speech

Li-chiung Yang

Tunghai University, Taiwan

In this paper we report on our research on the pragmaticcontextual meaning and prosody of three interjections ey, wa, and oh. A detailed qualitative-contextual analysis of our corpus shows that these interjections share important contextual and prosodic characteristics due to their similar functional status with respect to new or unexpected information. We show that there are also significant differences in contextual meaning arising from specific emotional or cognitive states, and that these differences are expressively communicated in the varied prosody of each interjection

Index Terms. prosody, meaning, interjections, discourse

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Bibliographic reference.  Yang, Li-chiung (2010): "Meaning and use: a pragmatic and prosodic analysis of interjections in conversational speech", In DiSS-LPSS-2010, 75-78.