Meaning of Topic and Focus by Daniel Buring
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Meaning of Topic and Focus
By Daniel Buring

The Meaning of Topic and Focus

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Meaning of Topic and Focus by Daniel Buring

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415168977
ISBN-10: 041516897X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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