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Prosody and Listeners´ Interpretation of Ambiguous Discourse



My primary areas of interest include discourse structure, prosody, and experimental methods. I am interested in how multi-sentential discourses are organized and coherent, what cues speakers provide to that structure and how listeners use potential cues in their interpretation of that structure. While much work in this area has focused on anaphora, discourse markers and other lexicalized cues, I have focused on prosody as a cue to discourse structure and a kind of information listeners can use in discourse interpretation. In a series of experiments, I have shown that synthesized prosodic contrasts can bias listeners' interpretation of ambiguous discourse, using participants from the UM psych pool and Mechanical Turk. Specifically, it was a sentence-final rise/fall contrast that drove the interpretation effect. I am now working on an analysis of the meaning of that rise.

Joseph's 2012 dissertation Discourse Prosody in Production and Perception is available from his home page:www-personal.umich.edu/~jctyler/

If you want to set up a meeting with Joseph, contact Filippa Lindahl filippalindahl@hotmail.com

Föreläsare: Joseph Tyler (U of Michigan)

Datum: 2012-10-30

Tid: 15:15 - 17:00

Kategorier: Svenska

Arrangör: Institutionen för svenska språket

Plats: Lennart Torstenssonsgatan 6-8

Kontaktperson: Elisabet Engdahl

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