Deaccenting, MAXIMIZE PRESUPPOSITION and evidential scale

Yurie Hara, Shigeto Kawahara

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Some studies have assumed that prosodic patterns of sentences are exclusively determined by the rules of accented expressions, with deaccenting of non-focused elements playing little or no role [1, 2]. However,many researchers have also recognized the importance of deaccenting rules [3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. This paper documents two intonational patterns of Japanese biased questions,"Rise with Accents" and"Rise with Deaccentuation", used by young speakers of the Tokyo dialect for Japanese biased questions. We argue that Japanese data furthers the deaccenting-as-rule view. Specifically, deaccentuation in biased questions has recently gained a grammaticalized status, and now gives rise to a Givenness presupposition. Moreover, the presuppositions of Bias and Givenness form a scale, i.e., Given ⊂ Bias, which interacts with MAXIMIZE PRESUPPOSITION [8]. Our proposal also naturally extends to the evidential hierarchy proposed in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2008
PublisherInternational Speech Communications Association
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780616220030
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2008, SP 2008 - Campinas, Brazil
Duration: 2008 May 62008 May 9

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2008


Other4th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2008, SP 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering


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