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How to Do Corpus Pragmatics on Pragmatically Annotated Data

Speech acts and beyond

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  • Author(s): Martin Weisser 1
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    Affiliations: 1: Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
  • Format: PDF, EPUB
  • Publication Date April 2018
  • e-Book ISBN: 9789027264299
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/scl.84

Abstract

This book introduces a methodology and research tool (DART) that make it possible to carry out advanced corpus pragmatics research using dialogue corpora enriched with pragmatics-relevant annotations. It first explores the general use of spoken corpora for pragmatics research, as well as issues revolving around their representation and annotation, and then goes on to describe the resources required for such an annotation process. Based on data from three different corpora, ranging from highly constrained, task-oriented, ones (SPAADIA Trainline & Trains 93) to unconstrained dialogues (Switchboard), it next presents an in-depth discussion and illustration of the potential contributions of syntax, semantics, and semantico-pragmatics towards pragmatic force. This is followed by a description of the largely automatic annotation process itself, and finally an analysis of how a set of more than 110 potential speech acts defined in DART contributes towards establishing the specific communicative characteristics of the three corpora.

Subjects: Discourse studies; Corpus linguistics; Pragmatics

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