ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2008

Does Uncertainty Effect the Case of Exhaustive Interpretation?

Charlotte Wollermann (1), Bernhard Schröder (2)

1Institute of Communication Sciences, Department of Speech and Communication, University of Bonn, Germany 2German Linguistics, University of Essen/Duisburg, Germany

We present an experimental study investigating the role of intonation as prosodic indicator of uncertainty as well as question-answering congruity for the exhaustive interpretation of answers. We vary intonation for expressing intended (un)certainty and also the type of question. Interpretation is tested by using pictures illustrating (non-)exhaustivity in order to avoid that the subjects' linguistic awareness is focussed on the tested question.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wollermann, Charlotte / Schröder, Bernhard (2008): "Does uncertainty effect the case of exhaustive interpretation?", In ExLing-2008, 233-236.