What the fuc*? Using acoustic and pragmatic methods to determine the meaning of expletives in a scene from The Wire

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Abstract

At the heart of pragmatic theory is the notion that what speakers mean goes beyond the semantic content of their utterances. However, one problem for mainstream pragmatic theories of implicated meaning is that they rarely take enough account of the phonetic aspects of utterances. Grice himself acknowledges that ‘tone of voice’ (1975: 53) may be important in determining the pragmatic meaning of an utterance, but arguably underplays its significance. So too do most neo-Gricean accounts. What we argue in this chapter is that theories of implicated meaning can be augmented significantly by proper consideration of the phonetic qualities of utterances. Specifically, we argue that acoustic phenomena, which are amenable to objective description and analysis, play a key role in pragmatic interpretation, and that taking account of them can enhance traditional pragmatic analysis. We demonstrate this through a case study of a scene from the acclaimed TV drama, The Wire.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationPragmatics and Literature
EditorsSiobhan Chapman, Billy Clark
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Apr 2018

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Gold, E., & McIntyre, D. (Accepted/In press). What the fuc*? Using acoustic and pragmatic methods to determine the meaning of expletives in a scene from The Wire. In S. Chapman, & B. Clark (Eds.), Pragmatics and Literature Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Gold, Erica ; McIntyre, Daniel. / What the fuc*? Using acoustic and pragmatic methods to determine the meaning of expletives in a scene from The Wire. Pragmatics and Literature. editor / Siobhan Chapman ; Billy Clark. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018.
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Gold, E & McIntyre, D 2018, What the fuc*? Using acoustic and pragmatic methods to determine the meaning of expletives in a scene from The Wire. in S Chapman & B Clark (eds), Pragmatics and Literature. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam.

What the fuc*? Using acoustic and pragmatic methods to determine the meaning of expletives in a scene from The Wire. / Gold, Erica; McIntyre, Daniel.

Pragmatics and Literature. ed. / Siobhan Chapman; Billy Clark. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018.

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Gold E, McIntyre D. What the fuc*? Using acoustic and pragmatic methods to determine the meaning of expletives in a scene from The Wire. In Chapman S, Clark B, editors, Pragmatics and Literature. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 2018