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The current paper reports on a study investigating the prosodic features of the Chinese discourse marker . The data were collected from 14 native Chinese speakers who participated in two recording sessions designed by the authors. The results indicate that as a discourse marker occurring at different syntactic positions is prosodically distinct. Specifically, in some cases, at the left periphery (LP) is prosodically independent of its following utterance, while at the right periphery (RP) is always prosodically attached to its preceding utterance. In addition, at LP is higher, larger, and longer than at RP, respectively, concerning pitch, intensity, and duration. The study suggests that these differences are closely related to the pragmatic functions of as a discourse marker in oral interaction. The findings above may shed light on the incorporation of prosody into the pragmatic analysis of discourse markers and conversation management in general.


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