Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Online Construction of Implicature through Contrastive Prosody

Heeyeon Y. Dennison, Amy J. Schafer

Department of Linguistics, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Hawai‘i, USA

Little experimental evidence exists for how prosodic/ intonational information might affect the generation of an implicature. We provide online evidence that the combination of an L+H* pitch accent and an L-H% boundary tone work together to imply a contradiction, and that this contour has distinct effects from an L+H* L-L% tune. We also compare the online processing of changes in meaning suggested by prosody versus explicit negation. The results highlight the importance of intonational information in sentence understanding, and the differences in processing prosodically cued contrastive information versus lexical negation.

Keywords: visual search, contrastive prosody, implicature

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Dennison, Heeyeon Y. / Schafer, Amy J. (2010): "Online construction of implicature through contrastive prosody", In SP-2010, paper 338.