Compassion, Authority and Baby Talk: Prosody and Objectivity

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Groarke, Leo; Kišiček, Gabrijela
Epistemology; Logic and Foundations of Mathematics; Speech and Rhetorical Studies
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Recent work on multimodal argumentation has explored facets of argumentation which have no obvious analogue in the written arguments which were emphasized in traditional accounts of argument. One of these facets is prosody: the structure and quality of the sound of spoken language. Prosodic features include pitch, temporal structure, pronunciation, loudness and voice quality, rhythm, emphasis and accent. In this paper, we explore the ways that prosodic features may be invoked in arguing.