Discourse structure and information structure : interfaces and prosodic realization

  • In this paper we review the current state of research on the issue of discourse structure (DS) / information structure (IS) interface. This field has received a lot of attention from discourse semanticists and pragmatists, and has made substantial progress in recent years. In this paper we summarize the relevant studies. In addition, we look at the issue of DS/ISinteraction at a different level—that of phonetics. It is known that both information structure and discourse structure can be realized prosodically, but the issue of phonetic interaction between the prosodic devices they employ has hardly ever been discussed in this context. We think that a proper consideration of this aspect of DS/IS-interaction would enrich our understanding of the phenomenon, and hence we formulate some related research-programmatic positions.

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Author:Ekaterina Jasinskaja, Jörg Mayer, David Schlangen
Parent Title (German):Interdisciplinary studies on information structure / Ishihara, S., M. Schmitz and A. Schwarz (eds.) ; Working Papers of the SFB 632, Interdisciplinary studies on information structure ; Vol. 1
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2004
Year of first Publication:2004
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/11/06
Tag:discourse structure; information structure; prosody
Page Number:56
First Page:151
Last Page:206
Source:Working Papers of the SFB632, Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure (ISIS), 1, 2004, S. 151-206 ; http://www.zas.gwz-berlin.de/fileadmin/mitarbeiter/jasinskaja/jasinskaja_etal_2004_DSIS.pdf
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht