The Meaning of Topic and Focus
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By (author) Daniel Buring
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Meaning of Topic and Focus by Daniel Buring
Book DescriptionThis 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 DetailsISBN: 9780415168977
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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