Stop bashing givenness : a note on Elke Kasimir´s "questions-answers test and givenness"

  • Elke Kasimir´s paper (in this volume) argues against employing the notion of Givenness in the explanation of accent assignment. I will claim that the arguments against Givenness put forward by Kasimir are inconclusive because they beg the question of the role of Givenness. It is concluded that, more generally, arguments against Givenness as a diagnostic for information structural partitions should not be accepted offhand, since the notion of Givenness of discourse referents is (a) theoretically simple, (b) readily observable and quantifiable, and (c) bears cognitive significance.

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Author:Thomas Weskott
Parent Title (German):Approaches and findings in oral, written and gestural language / Ishihara, S., M. Schmitz, and A. Schwarz (eds.) ; Working Papers of the SFB 632, Interdisciplinary studies on information structure ; Vol. 3
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2005
Year of first Publication:2005
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/11/10
Page Number:10
First Page:53
Last Page:62
Source: ; (in:) S. Ishihara / M. Schmitz / A. Schwarz : Approaches and Findings in Oral, Written and Gestural Language, Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure (ISIS), 3, 2005, S. 53-62
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht