Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

The Pragmatics of Intonational Meaning

Julia Hirschberg

AT&T Labs - Research, Florham Park, NJ, USA

Starting from Carlos Gussenhoven’s proposal that intonational meaning be understood in terms of three biological codes, this paper suggests an augmentation of that proposal to connect human experience of these biological phenomena to the process of spoken communication. Under this scenario, the codes give rise to a set of Conversational Implicatures, similar to those defined by H. Paul Grice Grice75 in his description of Cooperative Conversation. Certain additions to Grice’s Maxims of Cooperative Conversation are suggested, to capture the communicative effect of features of Gussenhoven’s Frequency, Effort, and Production Codes.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hirschberg, Julia (2002): "The pragmatics of intonational meaning", In SP-2002, 65-68.