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Prosodic Patterns in English Conversation

Nigel G. Ward

Cambridge University Press, April 2019

ISBN: hardback 978-1-107-18016-0, paperback 978-1-316-63361-8

Chapter 1

Beyond words, spoken language involves prosody: intonation, loudness, timing and the like. In conversation prosody is vital: it enables people to mark things as important or incidental, show interest in something or change the topic, be sympathetic or business-like, and so on. Without prosody, conversations would be just alternating short speeches: the human element would be lost.

This book explains how speakers of American English use prosody to accomplish things in conversation. While native speakers do this without conscious awareness, that does not mean it is simple ... > Full Chapter <

Contents:  Introduction,  Bookended Narrow Pitch Regions,  Downstep Constructions,  Creaky Voice and its Functions,  Perspectives on Prosody,  Late Pitch Peak and its Functions,  Expressing Positive Assessments,  Superposition,  Methods,  From Patterns to Meanings,  Turn-Taking Constructions,  Topic Management Constructions,  Stance-Related Constructions,  The Rest of English Prosody,  Envoi.   > Detailed Contents <

Constructions Covered: Turn Hold, Reluctance, Shared Enthusiams, Basic Turn Switch, Backchanneling, Topic Closing, Involvement and Topic Closing, Topic Development, Positive Assessment, Empathy Bid, Indifference, Fillers, Bipartite, Particle-Assisted Turn Switch, Non-Action-Oriented, Interploation/Meta-Comment, Consider This, Action Cueing, Digression, Giving In, etc.

Resources:  Audio ExamplesTeaching Resourcesprovenanceloadings,   assessment checklist, pdf,   assessment checklist, doc

Reviewers' Comments:  • "Ward's focus is specifically on the role that prosody plays in the interactions of the conversation ... representing a valuable contribution to the field," Rachel Steindel Burdin, Journal of English Linguistics;   • "engagingly written," D. Robert Ladd, English Language and Linguistics;   • "an extensive and enlightening review of prosodic constructions in natural dialog ... a valuable resource for teachers," Jennifer Zhang and Julie Prentice, As We Speak. "I recommend this book for the insightfulness and detail of the analyses," Martha C. Pennington in Second Language Pronunciation.

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