The Role of Prosody in Disambiguating Potentially Ambiguous Utterances in English and Italian

  title={The Role of Prosody in Disambiguating Potentially Ambiguous Utterances in English and Italian},
  author={Julia Hirschberg and Cinzia Avesani},
We investigate the role that intonation plays in disambiguating potentially ambiguous utterances in English and Italian, to see a) whether speakers employ intonational means to disambiguate these utterances, and b) whether speakers of the two languages employed consistently different intonational strategies in this disambig uation. We find that, while some semantic phenomena are consistently disambiguated by both sets of speakers, the syntactic phenomena tested are not. We suggest a possible… CONTINUE READING

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