The Semantics of French Continuative Rises in SDRT

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TitleThe Semantics of French Continuative Rises in SDRT
Publication TypeConference Paper
Année de publication2012
AuthorsJayez, J., & Dargnat M.
Abstract

In this paper, we examine the status of French major continuative prosodic con- tours, which are mainly realised as final rises at the boundar y of sentences. We show how to substantiate the common intuition that these contour s convey 'continuation'. We report empirical evidence that indicates that native spe akers cannot distinguish major continuatives and questions in isolated discourse se gments. We then show how to integrate continuatives into a liberal version of Ash er's SDRT. In essence, we propose that any discourse constituent bearing a major cont inuative (i) has a default question interpretation when taken in isolation and (ii) co nstrains attachments at the point where it occurs, when considered in the context of a discourse

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