The Meaning of Topic and Focus: The 59th Street Bridge Accent

Daniel Buring

Anno: 1997
Rilegatura: Hardback
Pagine: 216 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 235 x 159 mm
Peso: 499 gr.
  • EAN: 9780415168977
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This study provides an illuminating and ground-breaking account of the complex interaction of intonational phenomena, semantics and pragmatics. Based on examples from German and English, and centred on an analysis of the fall-rise intonation contour, a semantic interpretation for two different pitch accents - Focus and Topic - is developed. The cross-sentence, as well as the sentence internal semantic effects of these accents, follow from the given treatment. The account is based on Montogovian possible world semantics and Chomskian generative syntax.