NOTIONS AND SUBNOTIONS IN INFORMATION STRUCTURE

Carlos Gussenhoven*

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Abstract

Three dimensions can be distinguished in across-linguistic account of information structure. First, there is the definition of the focus constituent, the part of the linguistic expression which is subject to some focus meaning. Second and third, there are the focus meanings and the array of structural devices that encode them. In a given language, the expression of focus is facilitated as well as constrained by the grammar within which the focus devices operate. The prevalence of focus ambiguity, the structural inability to make focus distinctions, will thus vary across languages, and within a language, across focus meanings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-395
Number of pages15
JournalActa Linguistica Hungarica
Volume55
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Keywords

  • corrective focus
  • contrastive focus
  • informational focus
  • focus ambiguity
  • focus type
  • focus meaning

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