On High Onsets and their Absence in Conversational Interaction

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COUPER-KUHLEN, Elizabeth, 1998. On High Onsets and their Absence in Conversational Interaction

@techreport{CouperKuhlen1998Onset-3813, series={InLiSt - Interaction and Linguistic Structures}, title={On High Onsets and their Absence in Conversational Interaction}, year={1998}, number={8}, author={Couper-Kuhlen, Elizabeth} }

2011-03-24T10:06:39Z eng 2011-03-24T10:06:39Z On High Onsets and their Absence in Conversational Interaction 1998 terms-of-use There are two questions to be asked when examining prosody<br />in conversational interaction (see also Couper-Kuhlen and<br />Selting, eds. 1996). First, what are the tasks which<br />participants must accomplish in the type of speech event at<br />hand? And second, what contribution, if any, does prosody<br />make to the accomplishment of these tasks?<br /><br />In this paper I will tackle these two questions with respect to<br />data gathered from approximately four hours of talk on a local<br />radio phone-in program broadcast in Berkeley, California, during<br />the Gulf War crisis in 1991. The speech event which recurs<br />again and again in this data is something which might be<br />labeled - for lack of a better term - 'calling in on a radio<br />phone-in program': there are approximately 45 instances of<br />this event in the material I have examined.<br /><br />The phone-in program was recorded shortly after the first<br />bombings in Irak, at a time when numerous peace protests and<br />rallies were taking place, some of which had erupted into<br />violence. In fact, it was in part due to this escalation that<br />studio lines were open for callers to phone in - as the<br />anchorman Leo Laporte puts it - '(to) talk about what's going<br />on overseas and ... in the Bay area ... and give people a Couper-Kuhlen, Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, Elizabeth application/pdf

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