Helen KaiYun Chen (Aix-Marseille Université & The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Location: Laboratoire Parole et Langage
Date: April 20th,
The objective of the present research is to investigate the ways in which Mandarin interlocutors utilize prosodic resources as part of the means to achieve interactional actions and sequential-organization in natural conversation. By approaches of interactional prosody and conversational phonetics toward the analysis of sound realization of Mandarin repair in natural conversation, this study provides a preliminary exploration on how the combination of detailed prosodic features forms various sound patterns in reflecting the interactional aspect and sequential organization of Mandarin conversation.
The current study examines the particular example of recycling repair, defined as “a repeat of part of a conversational turn,” among various methods used in accomplishing Mandarin same-turn self-repair. The data corpus consists of 260 cases of recycling repair culled from a collection of both video- and audio-taped, naturally occurred Mandarin interaction. For each recycling, acoustic measurements, including duration, pitch, silence, cut-off and lengthening were carried out by using Praat. Additional judgments would be made based on the analyst’s impressionistic interpretation of these acoustic cues. After taking measurements, the results were compared and the sound patterns that emerged from recyclings with the same sound manifestation were identified.
In this talk I will present 3 of the sound patterns identified, based on selected examples of Mandarin recyclings. The findings from the current talk highlight the interaction-specific, sequence-specific, and function-specific examples of recyclings in relation to the use of the prosodic patterns. The result from the current exploratory work on the correlation between sound patterns in Mandarin recyclings and interaction contributes significantly to an interdisciplinary study that focuses on broadening the interactional linguistic theory by paying close attention to the sound patterns in natural conversation.
Seminar on Chinese prosody at the LPL prosody group
Date: March 20th
Helen Chen (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University / LPL, Aix-Marseille University): The conversational phonology/ interactional prosody approach to sound (prosodic) pattern(s) in Mandarin recycling repair
Yu-Ying Chuang (National Taiwan University / LPL, Aix-Marseille University): An Introduction to Pan-Mandarin ToBI
Sheng-Fu Wang (National Taiwan University / LPL, Aix-Marseille University): Tone Sandhi Group in Taiwanese