The Meaning of Topic and Focus: The 59th Street Bridge Accent - Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics (Paperback)
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The Meaning of Topic and Focus: The 59th Street Bridge Accent - Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics (Paperback)

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This 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.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138980655
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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