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

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

by Daniel Buring
 

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ISBN-10: 041516897X

ISBN-13: 9780415168977

Pub. Date: 11/06/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780415168977
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/06/1997
Series:
Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1280L (what's this?)

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