Focus: Linguistic, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives

Focus: Linguistic, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives

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by Peter Bosch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521168503

ISBN-13: 9780521168502

Pub. Date: 12/09/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book presents a collection of writings on the issue of focus in its broadest sense. While commonly being considered as related to phenomena such as presupposition and anaphora, focusing is much more widespread, and it is this pervasiveness that the current collection addresses. The volume brings together theoretical, psychological, and descriptive approaches to…  See more details below

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This book presents a collection of writings on the issue of focus in its broadest sense. While commonly being considered as related to phenomena such as presupposition and anaphora, focusing is much more widespread, and it is this pervasiveness that the current collection addresses. The volume brings together theoretical, psychological, and descriptive approaches to focus, at the same time maintaining the overall interest in how these notions apply to the larger problem of evolving some formal representation of the semantic aspects of linguistic content. The chapters in this volume have been reworked from a selection of original papers presented at a conference held in 1994 in Schloss Wolfsbrunnen in Germany.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521168502
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/09/2010
Series:
Studies in Natural Language Processing Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
1Contrastive Stress, Contrariety, and Focus3
2The Processing of Information Structure18
3On the Limits of Focus Projection in English43
4Informational Autonomy56
5Subject-Prodrop in Yiddish82
6What Is the Alternative? The Computation of Focus Alternatives from Lexical and Sortal Information105
7The Treatment of Focusing Particles in Underspecified Discourse Representations121
8Topic142
9Focus with Nominal Quantifiers166
10Topic, Focus, and Weak Quantifiers187
11Focus, Quantification, and Semantics-Pragmatics Issues213
12Association with Focus or Association with Presupposition?232
13Discourse and the Focus/Background Distinction247
14Domain Restriction268
15On Different Kinds of Focus293
16Stressed and Unstressed Pronouns: Complementary Preferences306
17Discourse Linking and Discourse Subordination322
18Position and Meaning: Time Adverbials in Context336
Name Index363
Subject Index366

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