By Winnie Cheng
The ebook is the 1st to use David Brazil’s Discourse Intonation platforms (prominence, tone, key and termination) to the learn of a corpus of actual, 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 dimension, particularly educational, dialog, enterprise and public. The contributors are all adults and usually have both Cantonese or English as their first language. The 4 Discourse Intonation platforms are defined by way of how the procedure 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 publication is followed with a CD containing the prosodically transcribed corpus including iConc that's the software program designed and written particularly to interrogate the HKCSE (prosodic). the problems raised and mentioned are all of significance in dialog research, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse research, Discourse Intonation, Pragmatics, and Intercultural verbal exchange.
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21). 22 shows the display for all prominence for the academic sub-corpus for all females, for which there are 51,810 instances. Prominence is centred when displayed.
106). As Brazil (1997) suggests, in producing an utterance such as , the speaker is projecting two sense selections; that is, two matters with respect to which the speaker might be declaring his uncertainty. : 106):  // p IS it an Elephant// A Corpus-driven Study of Discourse Intonation  It is isn’t elephant an alligator armadillo  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 .
106):  // p IS it an Elephant// A Corpus-driven Study of Discourse Intonation  It is isn’t elephant an alligator armadillo  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 . Thus a concurring ‘yes’ as a response to (i) and (ii) will have the meaning of ‘Yes, it is’ or ‘Yes, an elephant’ respectively. In other words, a yes-no question produced in a guessing game with a fall (p) tone is genuine guessing with selections from a set, and this is usually used in the beginning round of the game.
A Corpus-driven Study of Discourse Intonation: The Hong Kong Corpus of Spoken English (Prosodic) (Studies in Corpus Linguistics) by Winnie Cheng