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Intonation and levels of agreement in interactions between Swedish adolescents.

Conference paper
Authors Julia Forsberg
Åsa Abelin
Published in Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018. 13-16 June 2018, Poznań, Poland
ISSN 2333-2042
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Language en
Keywords intonation, adolescents, pragmatic intonation, l2 production, interaction, map-task
Subject categories Bilingualism, Phonetics, Linguistics


Intonation features and the interpretation of meaning were studied in recorded interactions between Swedish adolescents performing a map-task game. Dyadic interactions of 6 female speakers from one Gothenburg school were analysed with regard to F0 range and direction of final F0 contour in 193 utterances of “OK”. These utterances were also analysed in relation to the speaker’s role in the interaction as information givers or information receivers. A subset of the isolated utterances of OK were included in a web-based listening test with 180 listeners, who were instructed to judge whether 12 tokens of OK conveyed different degrees of agreement: full agreement; partial agreement; partial disagreement; and full disagreement. Results show that listeners were quite accurate in identifying the degree of agreement of the isolated OK utterances. Furthermore, indications that F0 contour direction is associated with inferred and interpreted agreement were found.

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