15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)
This paper describes intonational cues to discourse structure, and
the role that intonation plays in spoken discourse processing. We begin
by discussing two main structures in discourse that one must consider
when doing research on discourse processing: segmentation and information
status. We then review a number of key studies from the phonetics literature
which have investigated the intonational marking of these structures.
Next, we discuss in detail the psycholinguistic research to date which has examined the role that intonation can play in facilitating or inhibiting the processing of discourse in English and other related languages. We conclude by outlining directions for future research in the area of intonation-discourse processing.
Bibliographic reference. Venditti, Jennifer J. / Hirschberg, Julia (2003): "Intonation and discourse processing", In ICPhS-15, 107-114.