04 May Marking Cognitive and Emotive Changes-of-State: Examples from German
Andrea Golato (Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Friday, May 4 / 1:30 PM
Working within a conversation analytic framework, this presentation analyzes the use and function of ‘oh’ in conversational German and compares it to ‘ach/achso’ in German and ‘oh’ in English. The analysis shows that both ‘ach’ and ‘oh’ are change-of-state tokens like English oh, but while ‘ach’ is used for cognitive changes-of-state, ‘oh’ is used to mark affective changes-of-state. The emotions communicated by ‘oh’ are varied and both the phonetic realization and the placement of the token contribute to its meaning. The talk discusses the implications of the findings for the study of emotions and cross-cultural comparisons of tokens.
Professor Golato is affiliated with several departments and programs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Germanic Languages and Literatures, Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education, Linguistics, the European Union Center, and LAS Global Studies.
Sponsored by the Department of Germanic, Slavic & Semitic Studies, the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphasis in Applied Linguistics, and the IHC’s LISO RFG.