Interpreting English Pitch Contours in Context

Julian Schloeder, Alex Lascarides

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This paper presents a model of how pitch contours influence the illocutionary and perlocutionary effects of utterances in conversation. Our account is grounded in several insights from the prior literature. Our distinctive contribution is to replace earlier informal claims about the implicatures arising from intonation with logical derivations: we validate inferences in the SDRT framework that resolve the partial meaning we associate with a pitch contour to different specific interpretations in different contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 19th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015


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