Don't interpret focus : why a presuppositional account of focus fails, and how a presuppositional account of givenness works

  • This paper advances a purely presuppositional analysis of intonation. I first show that a inspiring recent article by Geurts and van der Sandt (Theoretical Linguistics, 2004) that pursues the same goal cannot account for multiple foci. Then, I show that if it is assumed that destressed rather than focussed material is semantically marked, multiple foci are accounted for correctly.

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Author:Uli Sauerland
Parent Title (German):Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung
Publisher:Dep. of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, Univ. of Oslo
Place of publication:Oslo
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2009/05/04
Year of first Publication:2005
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2009/05/04
Page Number:15
First Page:370
Last Page:384
Source: ; (in) E. Maier / C. Bary / J. Huitink : Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung, 9, S. 370–384
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Semantik / Semantics
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht