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Focus structure theory and intonation

Journal/Book: Lang Speech. 1999; 42: 43 Derwent Rd, Whitton Twickenham, Middlesex, England Tw2 7HQ. Kingston Press Services Ltd. 209-227.

Abstract: In this paper I argue that intonation is best analyzed as an overt marking of the focus structure (f-structure) of a sentence. The linguistic level of f-structure in which both topic and focus are identified provides the link between context, interpretation, syntax, and intonation. I further show that the view that grammar is f-structure driven modifies the set of questions one must pose in analyzing the function of various sign language correlates of prosody and intonation.

Note: Article Erteschik-Shir N, Ben Gurion Univ Negev, Dept Foreign Literatures & Linguist, POB 653, IL-84105 Beer Sheva, ISRAEL

Keyword(s): focus; rhythm; sign language; topic

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