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Cortesia y entonacion: las interrogativas absolutas en catalan

Astruc, Lluïsa (2008). Cortesia y entonacion: las interrogativas absolutas en catalan. Revista de Letras, 7 pp. 41–53.

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Este artículo explora las características prosódicas de las preguntas absolutas (las que requieren una respuesta de «sí» o «no») en catalán y la relación entre la prosodia y la intención pragmática del acto comunicativo. En catalán existen dos opciones básicas para formular una pregunta absoluta: o se empieza la pregunta con la partícula que y se usa una entonación descendente o no se usa que y la entonación es ascendente. El uso de una u otra estrategia varía según los dialectos y la intención del hablante. Dos experimentos en catalán central, un dialecto que permite ambas opciones, demuestran que en este dialecto el uso de una u otra forma obedece a consideraciones pragmáticas que se explican dentro del marco de la teoría de la cortesía.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 The Author
ISSN: 0874-7962
Extra Information: Abstract in English: This study explores the prosodic characteristics of absolute questions (questions that require a yes-no answer) in Catalan. It also looks at the relationship between prosody and pragmatics. Catalan has two main choices for asking an absolute question: questions are either headed by the particle que and receive a falling intonation or they do not start with que and receive a rising intonation. One or other option is preferred depending on the dialect and on the specific communicative intention of the speaker. Data from two experiments in Central Catalan, a dialect which allows both strategies, show that the use of one or other form follows from pragmatic factors, which can be accounted for by the framework of politeness theory.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 21152
Depositing User: Lluïsa Astruc
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2012 18:09
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2018 09:04
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