The meaning of topic and focus. The 59th street bridge accent. Büring, D. Routledge, London.
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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.
@book{buring_meaning_1997,
	Address = {London},
	Author = {Büring, Daniel},
	Date = {1997},
	Date-Modified = {2016-09-23 19:24:01 +0000},
	Isbn = {978-0-415-16897-7},
	Keywords = {English, German, intonation, lexical stress, phonetics, pragmatics, prosody, semantics},
	Publisher = {Routledge},
	Title = {The meaning of topic and focus. The 59th street bridge accent},
	Abstract = {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.}}
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