Charlotte Wollermann is a research assistant at the Institute of Communication Sciences at the University of Bonn. Her research interests include audiovisual prosody, experimental pragmatics, multimodal speech perception and emotion and human-machine interaction; her PhD thesis is supervised by Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schröder and apl. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schade. She holds a M.A. in communication research and phonetics from the same university; she also spent a term abroad at the Dublin City University.

Tid och plats: 10 mars kl. 15 i rum C389.

Abstract

This talk deals with the interplay between accentuation, uncertainty, context and pragmatic focus interpretation. First we give a brief overview of the theory of focus, uncertainty as an emotive or meta-cognitive state and audiovisual speech perception. Afterwards we bring these fields together. In a next step we present our empirical studies. The first study investigates the effect of audiovisual prosody on the disambiguation of syntactic ambiguities. The second study deals with the role of intonation as prosodic indicator of uncertainty and micro context for exhaustive interpretation of answers. The third study tests if several prosodic cues indicating uncertainty and macro context influence exhaustivity. Finally we present our model of pragmatic focus interpretation which is based on our empirical data.