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Pausing and Tone Units

The definition of a tone unit is a “a stretch of speech uttered under a single … intonational contour” (Du Bois 1992). The key to this definition is a ‘single intonational contour’. Thus the decision as to where to split a string of words based on tone units depends primarily on the change in tone. Pausing and lengthening of syllables can also be used as cues for the termination of the unit although these are secondary.
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BES Conference Presentation – 30th June 2015

We presented the following presentation at the BESRES conference at Coventry University yesterday. The talk was well received and generated some useful discussion. Thank you to all who attended our talk and to the conference organisers for putting on the event.

Conference slides are here: BES Conference 2015 – slides

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Interruptions at Prime Minister’s Questions

Interruptions at PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) are recorded in Hansard in a limited way, usually through the insertion of the word ‘[Interruption.]’ and are often followed by the Speaker’s call to order. The house however is collective body and background noise from the chamber during PMQs is important in signalling the general mood and degree of agreement or disagreement with the current speaker.

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Abstract for upcoming conference

Here is the abstract for our upcoming conference presentation.

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Representing Spoken Political Discourse in the Digital Era: Can accurate and faithful semantic representations be obtained from  Hansard transcriptions of Prime Minister’s question time in the House of Commons? Continue reading “Abstract for upcoming conference”

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