Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

Topic and Focus

Cross-Linguistic Perspectives on Meaning and Intonation

Editors: Lee, Chungmin, Gordon, Matthew (Eds.)

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This book contains a collection of papers exploring the cross-linguistic expression of topic and focus. A diverse set of perspectives from some of the leading scholars in the areas of semantics and intonation are represented in the collection, which is based on papers presented at the Topic and Focus Workshop at the 2001 LSA Summer Institute in Santa Barbara. This book is unique in the breadth of its typological coverage of topic and focus phenomena. Material is presented from nine languages, including several that are severely under-documented from a theoretical perspective.

The expression of topic and focus are integral aspects of linguistic communication that introduce the content of discourse and emphasize its most crucial elements. Topic and focus phenomena are complex and involve both a meaning and a prosodic component. This book is the first collection of papers devoted to the rigorous examination of both semantic and intonational features of topic and focus from a broad typological perspective.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Constraints on Intonational Prominence of Focalized Constituents

    Elordieta, Gorka

    Pages 1-22

  • Polish Narrow Focus Constructions

    Eschenberg, Ardis

    Pages 23-40

  • Intonation and Thematic Roles in Riau Indonesian

    Gil, David

    Pages 41-68

  • The Intonational Realization of Contrastive Focus in Chickasaw

    Gordon, Matthew

    Pages 69-82

  • Types of Focus in English

    Gussenhoven, Carlos

    Pages 83-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Topic and Focus
Book Subtitle
Cross-Linguistic Perspectives on Meaning and Intonation
Editors
  • Chungmin Lee
  • Matthew Gordon
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
82
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4796-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-4796-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4795-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4797-8
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 294
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