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Title: Accentuation and Interpretation
Written By: Hans-Christian Schmitz
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition

Speech communication can be disturbed. However, humans can understand
utterances even if they do not recognise all the words. They just have to
recognise the words that are critical for proper interpretation.
Accentuated words are more likely to be recognised than non-accentuated
words. A speaker who wants to be understood therefore should accentuate the
interpretation-critical words when conversing. In Accentuation and
Interpretation a theory of accentuation is developed according to which
accentuation serves the mere pragmatic function of making utterances well
comprehensible. Semantic effects of accentuation are explained as
epiphenomena of pragmatic accentuation. The theory is formally elaborated
in a model-theoretic framework and experimentally justified.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0230002536
ISBN-13: 9780230002531
Pages: 240
Prices: U.K. £ 50