The realization of pitch reset in Finnish print interpreting data

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Wiklund , M 2014 , ' The realization of pitch reset in Finnish print interpreting data ' , Text & Talk , vol. 34 , no. 4 , pp. 491–520 .

Title: The realization of pitch reset in Finnish print interpreting data
Alternative title: Sävelkorkeuden nollaamisen toteutuminen suomenkielisessä kirjoitustulkkausaineistossa
Author: Wiklund, Mari
Contributor organization: Department of Modern Languages 2010-2017
Date: 2014
Language: eng
Number of pages: 30
Belongs to series: Text & Talk
ISSN: 1860-7330
Abstract: Speakers use intonation in order to group spoken sentences together into larger units. One such grouping is often referred to as “paragraph intonation.” One of its principal characteristics is that the beginning of a new speech paragraph is marked with a high pitch level at the beginning of the first spoken sentence. This phenomenon is called “pitch reset.” The present article discusses the role of the pitch reset in Finnish data coming from two situations where conference-like monologous presentations are being interpreted by professional print interpreters. “Print interpreting” is a mode of communication where the speech is being simultaneously transferred into written form so that deaf and hard-of-hearing people can have access to it. The study shows, on the one hand, that the pitch reset phenomenon can be found also in Finnish data. On the other hand, the results show that the pitch reset constitutes a prosodic sign that almost always leads to a paragraph division in the written target text. This implies that the print interpreters treat speech paragraphs as topical units, and that the pitch reset plays an important role in the structuring of discourse. The study is mainly based on Wichmann’s (2000) approach, which constitutes an interface between discourse analysis and intonation studies.
Subject: 6121 Languages
Peer reviewed: Yes
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