Structure and Intonation

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Rules for assigning phrasal intonation to sentences are often assumed to require an autonomous level of 'intonational structure', distinct from what is usually thought of as surface syntactic structure. The present paper argues that the requisite notion of structure can be subsumed under the generalized notion of surface structure that emerges from the combinatory extension of Categorial Grammar. According to this theory, the syn- tactic structures and the intonational structures of English are one, and can be captured in a single unified grammar. The interpretations that the grammar provides for such constituents correspond to the entities and open propositions that are concerned in certain discourse-related aspects of intonational meaning that have variously been described as 'theme' and 'rheme', 'given' and 'new', and 'presupposition' and 'focus'.*
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-296
Number of pages37
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1991


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