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Ikonicita v mluveném rozhovoru

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JournalNaše řeč
DatePublished - Mar 2016
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)2-18
Original languageOther


Most studies of iconicity have used decontextualised speech to test whether particular prosodic parameters are hearable as conveying particular types of message. Research into how iconicity functions in conversational data is lacking, partly because those working on conver- sation have been concerned to explore the social and structural underpinnings of prosody in conversation, while those working on iconicity have tended to do so in using experimental frameworks. In this paper, we review claims about iconicity in literature from phonology and pragmatics, and evaluate these claims through the lens of findings from the study of talk-in- interaction. We will show that many of the claimed functions of iconicity are handled different- ly in spoken interaction than is assumed in the literature; and that iconicity only provides weak explanations of many attested [form : meaning] mappings in conversation.

    Research areas

  • phonetics, conversation analysis, iconicity, prosody

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