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Research Program

Nuclear contours and illocution

Our aim is to study the relationships between nuclear contours on the one hand and clause types and the various dimensions characterizing moves in Dialogue on the other hand.

Current works:

  • - study of the prosody of interrogatives (wh-interrogatives and polar interrogatives) in various types of discourse;
  • - study of alternative questions prosody;
  • - study of declarative questions prosody.


  • - « The prosody of interrogatives in French » (Beyssade Claire, Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie & Jean-Marie Marandin Exemplier, IDP 2007, Genève). Voir également Nouveau cahiers de linguistique française 28 : 163-175.

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