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ERIC Number: ED338070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Pages: 16
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Pitch, Loudness, and Turn Regulation in Akan Conversation.
Obeng, Samuel Gyasi
York Papers in Linguistics, v15 p221-235 Jul 1991
The relationship between turn-regulation, the phonetic features of pitch, and loudness is examined in a study of two recorded natural conversations in Akan. Analysis of patterns in turn-delimitation suggests that (1) diminuendo loudness, a low pitch height, and falling pitch movement are treated by turn-occupants and their co-participants as turn-delimitative; (2) if by chance the next speaker does not orient to turn delimitation done with the above phonetic features, the turn-occupant calls the next speaker's attention to it; and (3) loudness and pitch are valuable turn-regulation signals. These patterns are then considered in cases of speech overlap. It is concluded that close and systematic attention to the relationship between overlap and the phonetic features of pitch movement and loudness could further illuminate turn regulation. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Language: English
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