Focus: Linguistic, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521168502
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2010
  • 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
1 Contrastive Stress, Contrariety, and Focus 3
2 The Processing of Information Structure 18
3 On the Limits of Focus Projection in English 43
4 Informational Autonomy 56
5 Subject-Prodrop in Yiddish 82
6 What Is the Alternative? The Computation of Focus Alternatives from Lexical and Sortal Information 105
7 The Treatment of Focusing Particles in Underspecified Discourse Representations 121
8 Topic 142
9 Focus with Nominal Quantifiers 166
10 Topic, Focus, and Weak Quantifiers 187
11 Focus, Quantification, and Semantics-Pragmatics Issues 213
12 Association with Focus or Association with Presupposition? 232
13 Discourse and the Focus/Background Distinction 247
14 Domain Restriction 268
15 On Different Kinds of Focus 293
16 Stressed and Unstressed Pronouns: Complementary Preferences 306
17 Discourse Linking and Discourse Subordination 322
18 Position and Meaning: Time Adverbials in Context 336
Name Index 363
Subject Index 366
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