By Winnie Cheng
The e-book is the 1st to use David Brazil’s Discourse Intonation platforms (prominence, tone, key and termination) to the examine of a corpus of real, naturally-occurring spoken discourses. The Hong Kong Corpus of Spoken English (prosodic) is made of nearly 1000000 phrases which include 4 sub-corpora of equivalent dimension, particularly educational, dialog, enterprise and public. The individuals are all adults and customarily have both Cantonese or English as their first language. The 4 Discourse Intonation platforms are defined by way of how the process works and the way they're manifested within the corpus, either around the sub-corpora and in addition throughout audio system within the corpus. The ebook is followed with a CD containing the prosodically transcribed corpus including iConc that is the software program designed and written in particular to interrogate the HKCSE (prosodic). the problems raised and mentioned are all of significance in dialog research, Corpus Linguistics, Discourse research, Discourse Intonation, Pragmatics, and Intercultural conversation.
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10 shows what words are most often used in one-word tone units, when sorted by frequency. Single word tone units are listed as 1,796 for the academic sub-corpus for all NES. The option has been selected for a Unique Word List to be displayed together with the concordances. 10, both options have been selected to get the Unique Words List displayed with the Concordance View. The Unique Words have been sorted according to their frequency, so showing the words that are used most often in one-word tone units.
The bulk of the work involved the research associate listening to recorded tracks of spoken discourse via an MD recorder and headphones. By means of careful and repeated listening to the recordings, the research associate determined the prosodic features (tone unit, tone, prominence, key and termination) and annotated them on a hard copy of the orthographic transcription. The same utterance, the same tone unit, and even the same word would need to be listened to several times for a complete transcription to be made.
The remaining functions (File, Edit, View, Window, Format and Help menus) are all standard Windows functions and not described here. 1) must first be loaded to serve as the data to operate on. The items listed under this menu are therefore described first. 2 The business sub-corpus loaded by selecting from the second Corpus Menu item The HKCSE (prosodic) consists of four basic text types: academic, business, conversation, and public discourses (see Chapter 1 for a detailed description of these text types and the differences between them).
A Corpus-driven Study of Discourse Intonation: The Hong Kong Corpus of Spoken English (Prosodic) (Studies in Corpus Linguistics) by Winnie Cheng