Riccardo Orrico

Riccardo Orrico
Radboud University | RU

PhD

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The present study deals with the phonetic description of sentence topics in Italian tourist guides’ speech. Topical coherence characterizes the communicative strategies that human experts adopt when delivering contents to the visitors of cultural sites. Topical progression, which ensures temporal, spatial, and referential continuity, is frequently...
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The paper investigates the relationship between exposure to non-native dialects or foreign languages and the extraction of pragmatic meaning from intonational cues, with specific reference to the identification of speaker certainty towards the answer in questions. While previous research on language exposure has been primarily concerned with the ph...
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The development of dialogue systems benefits from the study of the communication strategies used by human speakers. In the context of recommendation dialogue systems some researchers have investigated the sociable recommendation strategies employed by the Recommenders in natural settings to make successful and persuasive recommendations (Hayati et...
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The paper investigates the interplay between intonational cues and individual variability in the perceptual assessment of speaker’s epistemic bias in Salerno Italian yes-no questions. We present a perception experiment in which we manipulated pitch span within the nuclear configuration (both nuclear accent and boundary tone) to predict degree of pe...
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The paper addresses the issue of variability in the mapping between intonation and meaning in Salerno Italian. The general hypothesis tested is that variation of both the phonological and phonetic levels of intonation reflects speaker's commitment to the proposition expressed. Here we report an investigation of the intonational meaning in wh-questi...
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One of the main uses of intonation form is to signal pragmatic information. Recent research on intonational meaning has shown that epistemic information about propositional content of utterances within a discourse can also be tonally encoded. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether speaker certainty about the answer to a polar question...
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Despite the large number of studies on the intonation of Italian varieties, research on Salerno Italian has been rather scarce and a detailed account of the main phonological patterns is still missing. The intonation analysis we report in this paper is framed within the Autosegmental-Metrical theory and the types of utterances we analyzed are taken...
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This work shows that different tune types can evoke different degrees of epistemic bias on the part of the listener towards the answer to the question being asked. Moreover, this bias is mediated by whether or not the subject lived in another city for more than a year. Finally, pitch accent type seems to be more important than boundary tone type in...
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Phonetic variation of f 0 f f range in L1 and L2: A comparison between Italian, English and Spanish native and non-native speakers This work was carried out with the purpose of investigating the use of language-specific features of pitch span and level in L2. Different languages were investigated: on the one hand, we analysed productions in L2 Span...
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This article aims to shed light on the processes governing the development of prosodic competence in Italian learners of English as a Foreign Language (EFL). We have analysed the intonational contours of yes-no questions read by five groups of speakers (A, B, C, E, and P). Groups A, B, and C are learners of EFL at three different levels (begin-ner,...

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