Illocution as a unit of reference for spontaneous speech

Giulia Bossaglia, Heliana Mello, Tommaso Raso

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


In this paper we propose a synchronic, corpus-based account of insubordination, through the analysis of adverbial clauses in Brazilian Portuguese spontaneous speech at the syntax/prosody interface. The segmentation of the speech flow through prosodic cues is crucial to analyse linguistic and, specifically, syntactic relations in spoken language. Besides, it is through prosody that illocutionary and informational values are conveyed in speech. Our claim is that insubordination can be studied without assuming the existence of a grammaticalization path or main clause ellipsis processes, given that through specific illocutionary prosodic profiles, syntactically dependent clauses are assigned pragmatic autonomy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn search of basic units of spoken language. A corpus-driven approach
EditorsShlomo Izre'el, Heliana Mello, Alessandro Panunzi, Tommaso Raso
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9789027261533
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameStudies in Corpus Linguistics
ISSN (Print)1388-0373


  • Adverbial clauses
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Illocution
  • Insubordination
  • Speech segmentation
  • Spontaneous speech
  • Syntax/prosody interface


Dive into the research topics of 'Illocution as a unit of reference for spontaneous speech'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this