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"<Wilhelm Ulrich Schlaier>" <[log in to unmask]> wrote at 2003-09-07 18:58:29 (EDT)
 >  agin Estel even if it does indicate surprise, you would still be able to
 > hear someone sounding surprised unless they are very monotonous.

Yes, in English and related languages, but intonation doesn't play the
same role in all languages.  Besides, natural languages contain a certain
amount of redundancy.

For examples of "spoken punctuation" in natural languages see this
brief paper on _Punctuation or Intonation Morphemes in Otomangean
Languages_: http://ling.ucsc.edu/Jorge/black.html