A Corpus-driven Study of Discourse Intonation: The Hong Kong by Winnie Cheng

By Winnie Cheng

The e-book is the 1st to use David Brazil’s Discourse Intonation platforms (prominence, tone, key and termination) to the research of a corpus of genuine, naturally-occurring spoken discourses. The Hong Kong Corpus of Spoken English (prosodic) is made from nearly 1000000 phrases which includes 4 sub-corpora of equivalent measurement, particularly educational, dialog, company and public. The members are all adults and usually have both Cantonese or English as their first language. The 4 Discourse Intonation structures are defined by way of how the process works and the way they're manifested within the corpus, either around the sub-corpora and in addition throughout audio system within the corpus. The ebook is observed with a CD containing the prosodically transcribed corpus including iConc that's the software program designed and written in particular to interrogate the HKCSE (prosodic). the problems raised and mentioned are all of value in dialog research, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse research, Discourse Intonation, Pragmatics, and Intercultural conversation.

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144). : 145): Speaker A: Why hasn’t John finished his project? e. : 145). It needs to be pointed out that the present study of the HKCSE (prosodic) finds instances of up to four prominent syllables in a tone unit. This is also the case in Cauldwell’s (2003a, 2003b) data where four is found to be the maximum number of prominent syllables in a tone unit. 51% respectively. The prominent syllable is defined as “a decision point in that part of the total pitch treatment of the tone unit that serves to define one or more of the three speaker options”, namely key, termination and tone (Cauldwell 1997: 12).

As Brazil (1997) suggests, in producing an utterance such as [104], the speaker is projecting two sense selections; that is, two matters with respect to which the speaker might be declaring his uncertainty. : 106): [105] // p IS it an Elephant//  A Corpus-driven Study of Discourse Intonation [106] It is isn’t elephant an alligator armadillo [106] shows that the utterance may seek to determine (i) whether it is or is not an elephant, or he/she may want to know (ii) whether it is an elephant or something else by producing [105].

Transcribing the Hong Kong Corpus of Spoken English (HKCSE)  Conclusion This chapter has described the methods employed for transcribing the data and the changes made to the transcription conventions to enable iConc to search for the features of discourse intonation in the corpus. The training required for the transcription of discourse intonation has also been outlined along with some of the main problems encountered when transcribing the data and the solutions adopted. chapter 4 The iConc concordancing program Introduction The iConc program is written specially to provide customised searches and statistical data for the HKCSE (prosodic) of the discourse intonation systems described in Chapter 2.

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