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Accentuation and interpretation

Author: Hans-Christian Schmitz
Publisher: Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Series: Palgrave studies in pragmatics, language, and cognition.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Speech communication can be disturbed. However, humans can understand utterances even if they do not recognise all the words. They just have to recognise the words that are critical for proper interpretation. Accentuated words are more likely to be recognised than non-accentuated words. A speaker who wants to be understood therefore should accentuate the interpretation-critical words when conversing. In  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hans-Christian Schmitz
ISBN: 9780230002531 0230002536
OCLC Number: 85689583
Description: vii, 226 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements Introduction: Pragmatic and Semantic Effects of Accentuation Optimal Accentuation Cooperative Information Exchange Reconstruction of Messages Optimal Accentuation vs. Focus Accentuation Summary References Index
Series Title: Palgrave studies in pragmatics, language, and cognition.
Responsibility: Hans-Christian Schmitz.

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Develops a highly original theory of accentuation in which accentuation serves the mere pragmatic function of making utterances well comprehensible. Semantic effects of accentuation are explained as  Read more...

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