15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Phonetics and Talk-in-Interaction

John Local

University of York, UK

The natural home of spoken language is social interaction and linguistic (phonetic) resources are systematically deployed in its management. However, despite the advent of large databases of 'spontaneous speech' and an increasing acknowledgement of the relevance of phonetic detail for speech perception and understanding, the organisation of the phonetics of talk-in-interaction and their interactional consequences remains largely unexplored. The challenge of explicating the phonetics of talk-in-interaction has recently been taken up by researchers who have brought together, in an innovative fashion, phonetic analytic techniques and the interactional sequential-analytic techniques of Conversation Analysis. One research goal is to elaborate a 'phonology of talk-in-interaction'. This work has begun to document systematically the ways in which speakers and listeners manipulate fine phonetic detail and phonetic variability in producing and interpreting the moment-to-moment flow of everyday conversation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Local, John (2003): "Phonetics and talk-in-interaction", In ICPhS-15, 115-118.