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From pitch to purpose: The prosodic-pragmatic mapping of [I + verb] belief constructions in English and Mandarin

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This paper explores how prosodic variation via focus-marking acts as a pragmatic tool to create conversational implicatures. A cross-linguistic study in Mandarin and English was conducted to investigate this prosodic-pragmatic link through a particular pragmatically ambiguous construct: [I + verb] preceding an opinion. Given that opinions inherently express speaker belief, the addition of [I + verb] belief constructs (i.e. “I think,” “I feel,” “I believe”) appears semantically redundant. Pr...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1016/j.pragma.2017.10.015

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Education
Oxford college:
St Annes College
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Pragmatics Journal website
Volume:
123
Pages:
57-77
Publication date:
2017-11-03
Acceptance date:
2017-10-15
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EISSN:
1879-1387
ISSN:
0378-2166
Pubs id:
pubs:736405
URN:
uri:376eeb83-d15f-4694-be23-4d48b6b6599e
UUID:
uuid:376eeb83-d15f-4694-be23-4d48b6b6599e
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pubs:736405

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