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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Analysing Conversation

An Introduction to Prosody

ISBN 9780230223448
Publication Date November 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

This is an accessible introduction to the prosody of everyday conversation, and its analysis. Basic concepts and methods of interpretation are explained, and a wealth of examples from naturally-occurring talk are used to demonstrate the roles of pitch, time, loudness and voice quality.

BEATRICE SZCZEPEK REED is Lecturer in TESOL at the University of York, UK. She is the author of the monograph Prosodic Orientation in English Conversation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and numerous articles on prosody and talk-in-interaction. Her research explores prosody as an interactional resource, cross-cultural aspects of turn-taking, the interface between speech and singing, and teaching pronunciation to learners of English. Her main teaching specialisms are phonetics and phonology, conversation analysis and English pronunciation.

List of Tables and Figures
Pitch: Introduction
Pitch: Intonation
Pitch: Range and Register
Time: Sound and Syllable Duration
Speech Rate
Speech Rhythm
Voice Quality
Outlook: Future Issues in Research on Prosody in Conversation
Answers to Exercises
Appendix: Transcription Conventions


Beatrice Szczepek Reed has written a lucid introduction to English prosody for scholars working with interactional data. This is an invaluable resource for both students and researchers like myself who appreciate the importance of prosody and phonetics for understanding social interaction in English but who need much more grounding in the concepts, terms and techniques of this highly sophisticated area of study. Crisp audio clips enliven Szczepek Reed's examples and offer essential exposure to details of prosody in common varieties of English.' - Cecilia E. Ford, Professor of English and Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
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