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ERIC Number: EJ916377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Listeners' Comprehension of Uptalk in Spontaneous Speech
Tomlinson, John M., Jr.; Tree, Jean E. Fox
Cognition, v119 n1 p58-69 Apr 2011
Listeners' comprehension of phrase final rising pitch on declarative utterances, or "uptalk", was examined to test the hypothesis that prolongations might differentiate conflicting functions of rising pitch. In Experiment 1 we found that listeners rated prolongations as indicating more speaker uncertainty, but that rising pitch was unrelated to ratings. In Experiment 2 we found that prolongations interacted with rising pitch when listeners monitored for words in the subsequent utterance. Words preceded by prolonged uptalk were monitored faster than words preceded by non-prolonged uptalk. In Experiment 3 we found that the interaction between rising pitch and prolongations depended on listeners' beliefs about speakers' mental states. Results support the theory that temporal and situational context are important in determining intonational meaning. (Contains 6 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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