Information Structure and the Syntax-Phonology Interface

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The article proposes a theory of grammar relating syntax, discourse
semantics, and intonational prosody. The full range of English intonational
tunes distinguished by Beckman and Pierrehumbert (1986) and
their semantic interpretation in terms of focus and information structure
are discussed, including ‘‘discontinuous’’ themes and rhemes. The
theory extends an earlier account based on Combinatory Categorial
Grammar, which directly pairs phonological and logical forms without
intermediary representational levels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-689
Number of pages41
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2000


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