Whereas sociopragmatics as a field has been dominated by the analysis of verbal elements, this chapter adopts the perspective that sociopragmatic meanings are communicated in a multimodal fashion that encompasses prosody, gesture and other forms of nonverbal expression. We provide an overview of how prosodic and gestural means are employed for signalling information status, for marking the internal organization of speech and for communicating epistemic stance, (im)politeness, irony and speaker identity. This overview shows that prosody is closely integrated with gesture both at the temporal level and in the kinds of pragmatic meanings that these two systems are used to encode. We thus adopt the position, following the tenets of audiovisual prosody, that prosody and gesture can be considered as sister systems in the marking of sociopragmatic meanings in human communication.
|Title of host publication||The Cambridge Handbook of Sociopragmatics|
|Editors||Michael Haugh, Dániel Z. Kádár, Marina Terkourafi|
|Place of Publication||Cambridge UK|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||24|
|ISBN (Print)||9781108844963, 9781108949309|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|