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Other-repetition in conversation across languages: Bringing prosody into pragmatic typology

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Rossi, G. (2020). Other-repetition in conversation across languages: Bringing prosody into pragmatic typology. Language in Society, 49(4), 495-520. doi:10.1017/S0047404520000251.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-E61C-7
In this article, I introduce the aims and scope of a project examining other-repetition in natural conversation. This introduction provides the conceptual and methodological background for the five language-specific studies contained in this special issue, focussing on other-repetition in English, Finnish, French, Italian, and Swedish. Other-repetition is a recurrent conversational phenomenon in which a speaker repeats all or part of what another speaker has just said, typically in the next turn. Our project focusses particularly on other-repetitions that problematise what is being repeated and typically solicit a response. Previous research has shown that such repetitions can accomplish a range of conversational actions. But how do speakers of different languages distinguish these actions? In addressing this question, we put at centre stage the resources of prosody—the nonlexical acoustic-auditory features of speech—and bring its systematic analysis into the growing field of pragmatic typology—the comparative study of language use and conversational structure.