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By Winnie Cheng

ISBN-10: 9027223068

ISBN-13: 9789027223067

ISBN-10: 9027289875

ISBN-13: 9789027289872

The publication is the 1st to use David Brazil’s Discourse Intonation structures (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 of nearly 1000000 phrases which includes 4 sub-corpora of equivalent dimension, specifically educational, dialog, enterprise and public. The members are all adults and customarily have both Cantonese or English as their first language. The 4 Discourse Intonation platforms are defined by way of how the process works and the way they're manifested within the corpus, either around the sub-corpora and likewise throughout audio system within the corpus. The publication is observed with a CD containing the prosodically transcribed corpus including iConc that is 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 communique.

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Whether this is right or not. Yes-no questions The grammatical form of yes-no questions marks the utterance as interrogative even in the absence of any relevant features of speaker/hearer understanding (as compared to the case of declarative question). This can be illustrated with an example in Brazil (1997: 105): [104] Do you prefer that one? : 105). : 106). As Brazil (1997) suggests, in producing an utterance such as [104], the speaker is projecting two sense selections; that is, two matters with respect to which the speaker might be declaring his uncertainty.

A: * { \ [ < YES > ] } { = can i [ < HELP > ] you } 2. < I’VE> [ < alREAdy > ] } { = i’ve already [ < GOT > ] my } { \ [ BOARding ] 3. < _ PASS > } { = actually i need to [ < PAY > ] my } { \ airport [ < _ TAX > ] } 4. a: { \ oh you are a [ TRANsit ] < PASsengers > } * { \/ [ < RIGHT > ] } 5. B: ** { = [ < WELL > ] } { \ [ < 6. YEAH > ] } 7. a: { = [ < oKAY > ] } { \ so since you [ HAVE ] the boarding CARD < alREAdy > } 8. * { \ you can [ PAY ] the < TAX > } {? at the [ OPposite ] CHECK in < 9.

It also discusses the problems encountered in the transcription process, and how these were resolved. Transcribing the HKCSE (prosodic) The procedure for orthographically transcribing the two-million-word HKCSE is described in Cheng and Warren (1999b). The following is about how 45% of the HKCSE was turned into the HKCSE (prosodic). The prosodic transcribing task underwent several stages. Cauldwell (2007) describes Brazil’s discourse intonation framework as an approach to the analysis and teaching of real, everyday speech, as consisting of four components: “a theory, a set of categories & realisations, a notation, and transcription practice” (Cauldwell 2007).

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