Focus presuppositions

  • This paper reviews notions related to focus and presupposition and addresses the hypothesis that focus triggers an existential presupposition. Presupposition projection behavior in certain examples appears to favor a presuppositional analysis of focus. It is argued that these examples are open to a different analysis using givenness theory. Overall, the analysis favors a weak semantics for focus not including an existential presupposition.

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Author:Dorit Abusch
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-1112290
URL:http://www.sfb632.uni-potsdam.de/publications/isis06_7abush.pdf
URL:http://978-3-939469-88-9
Parent Title (German):Working Papers of the SFB632, Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure (ISIS), 2007, 6
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2008/11/06
Year of first Publication:2007
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/11/06
Tag:alternative semantics presupposition projection; focus; givenness; presupposition
First Page:109
Last Page:124
Source:Working Papers of the SFB632, Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure (ISIS), 2007, 6, S.109-124 ; http://www.sfb632.uni-potsdam.de/publications/isis06_7abush.pdf
HeBIS-PPN:207617430
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Sammlungen:Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht