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23/11/20 Talk organized by the MA Program in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, by Jesús Romero-Trillo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

23/11/20 Talk organized by the MA Program in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, by Jesús Romero-Trillo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Prosodic Pragmatics: an essential tool for understanding L1 and L2 speech in context, by Jesús Romero-Trillo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

16.11.2020

 

 

Data: Monday 23 November, 2020, 

Hora: De 12:30 a 13:30 PM

LlocVirtual Seminar via ZOOM


Abstract:
The talk proposes the absolute need to incorporate prosody to the pragmatic analysis of language and defends that the study of context is incomplete without the careful analysis of the acoustic elements that compose the kaleidoscope of speech. This approach is a return to the origins of discourse analysis in the late 60's and early 70's, when revered functional grammarians and discourse analysts like Halliday (1967, 1970) and Brazil (1997), inter alii, demonstrated the inextricable relationship between prosody and language functions. The way an utterance is pronounced belongs to the realm of prosody, and based on the acoustic performance of language, pragmatics can identify the intentions with which utterances are pronounced and how they may help to clarify the meaning behind some grammatical structures that do not render transparent pragmatic force. In the past, pragmaticians have rarely approached the study of meaning from a prosodic perspective as if speech were the subject matter for the study of meaning in a script, but without the realisation of that script in a context. The present talk will try to bridge the gap between pragmatics and prosody (Romero-Trillo, 2019) and will identify the main prosodic theories that can be useful for pragmatic research. The talk will also present current research in the field with specific emphasis on the prosody of pragmatic markers and emotions in English in L1 and L2 contexts.

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