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Title: Relevance and attribution in the intonation of Gran Canaria Spanish interrogatives
Authors: Vizcaíno-Ortega, Francisco 
Cabrera-Abreu, Mercedes 
UNESCO Clasification: 570505 Fonética
570501 Lingüística comparada
Keywords: Interrogative meanings
Nuclear tunes
Relevance
Attribution
Markedness, et al
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: 0378-2166
Journal: Journal of Pragmatics 
Abstract: An insightful account of the mechanisms which underlie the association of prosodic patterns with pragmatic meanings is absent inmost descriptions of the prosody of interrogative utterances in Spanish. The approach inEscandell-Vidal (1998)for European PeninsularSpanish responds by appealing to the linguistic distinctionneutral/markedfor interrogatives, together with the conceptsrelevanceandattributionas used in Relevance Theory (Sperber and Wilson, 1986/1995). Our present study, analysing further data from Gran CanariaSpanish interrogatives (based onCabrera-Abreu and Vizcaíno-Ortega, 2010) in the light of Relevance Theory, reveals that such alinguistic distinction requires an explicit statement as to whether it applies prosodically (marked/unmarkedtunes) or pragmatically(neutral/non-neutralmeanings). In addition, the restrictive behaviour proposed forattribution(it correlates with marked intonation patternsonly, and its type is tightly bound to a single intonation pattern) must be relaxed in order to accommodate the cases of the unmarkedintonation tune, and of a single marked tune charged with two different attribution types. The resulting framework enables us tounderstand better the nature of interrogative meanings and tunes, together with their actual mappings; to predict potential tune-meaningassociations; and to exclude ill-formed tune-meaning connections.© 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/44116
ISSN: 0378-2166
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2012.05.014
Source: Journal of Pragmatics[ISSN 0378-2166],v. 44, p. 1219-1239
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