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date: 05 July 2020

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This chapter is devoted to the study of focus on prosody and discourse in the Australian Map Task corpus. This corpus is part of the Australian National Database of Spoken Language (ANDOSL), which was collected in the 1990s for use in general speech science and speech technology research in Australia. The authors show how the Australian Map Task has proved to be a useful tool with which to examine different prosodic features of spoken interactive discourse. While the intonational system of Australian English shares many features with other varieties of English, tune usage and tune interpretation are argued to remain variety-specific, with the Map Task proving to be a rich source of information on this question. The studies summarized in this contribution also illustrate the flexibility of Map Task data in permitting correlations of both micro-level discourse units such as dialogue acts, and larger discourse segments such as Common Ground Units, with intonational and prosodic features of Australian English. The chapter also includes a detailed discussion of annotational and analytical techniques for the study of prosody.

Keywords: intonation, prosody, discourse, Common Ground Units, Map Task

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