Speech Prosody 2010
Chicago, IL, USA
Analysis of telephone conversations within the framework of Conversation Analysis reveals that Vietnamese makes pragmatic use of intonational tones. Pitch contours on oneword utterances in backchannels, requests for information, turn exits and repair initiations are compared. Target words bear one of two lexical tones: the low-level tone thanh huyên or the high-level tone thanh ngang. Results shed light on the interaction between these tones and those used for signalling communicative functions (intonation). An autosegmental analysis of this interaction is provided.
Index Terms: prosody, tone-intonation interaction, Vietnamese, pragmatics
Bibliographic reference. Ha, Kieu-Phuong / Grice, Martine (2010): "Modelling the interaction of intonation and lexical tone in Vietnamese", In SP-2010, paper 042.