Surface Structure, Intonation, and “Focus”

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The paper briefly reviews a theory of intonational prosody and its relation to syntax, and to certain oppositions of discourse meaning that have variously been called “topic and comment”, “theme and rheme”, “given and new”, or “presupposition and focus.” The theory, which is based on Combinatory Categorial Grammar, is presented in full elsewhere. The present paper examines its implications for the semantics of “focus”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatural Language and Speech
Subtitle of host publicationSymposium Proceedings Brussels, November 26/27, 1991
EditorsEwan Klein, Frank Veltman
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-77189-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-77191-0
Publication statusPublished - 1991

Publication series

NameESPRIT Basic Research Series
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg


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