Comparative and Contrastive Studies of Information Structure by Carsten Breul, Edward Göbbel

By Carsten Breul, Edward Göbbel

This quantity offers unique comparative and contrastive study into a number of features of knowledge constitution (topic, concentration, contrastivity, givenness, anaphoricity) in addition to into kinds and constructions whose realisation is determined by information-structural elements (clefts, dislocations, reflexives, null matters, prosodic good points, interrogatives) in a couple of diversified languages (Catalan, English, French, Georgian, German, Hebrew, Hungarian). every one contribution emphasises transformations or commonalities among the languages below research with admire to the realisation of knowledge structural different types or with admire to the data structural implications of a given shape or constitution. the categorical comparative-contrastive viewpoint of the amount makes a considerable contribution in the direction of a greater knowing of language particular and common facets of data constitution. It increases major questions and offers options for the formal illustration and the practical houses of data structural different types.

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1â•… Definition and representation In the literature on information structure in German, it is widely assumed that there is a contour specialized for the expression of contrastive topicality, which is often called ‘hat contour’ (Hutkontur; cf. Jacobs 1982, 1996, 1997; Féry 1993; Büring 1994, 1997, 2003; Steube 2003, among many others). It consists of a scooped accent and a falling focus accent, each of which is contained in an intermediate phrase. The entire tune is called ‘hat contour’ because the pitch remains at a high level between the two accents.

The first type is found in sentences with ‘distributed foci’. Such sentences are answers to questions containing more than one wh-pronoun (‘matching questions’ in terms of Krifka 2001). I use the term ‘distributed foci’ rather than ‘multiple foci’ because such sentences can be analyzed as containing a single focus which is distributed over several constituents, rather than containing several foci. Consider (9): (9) A: Who read what? B: John read the bible and Mary read the newspaper. One way of looking at this question-answer pair is to regard it as containing two foci, each of them corresponding to one of the wh-pronouns (who, what).

Büring’s (2003) D(iscourse)-trees Each node in a d-tree is called a ‘move’, and “[a]ny sub-tree of a d-tree which is rooted in an interrogative move is a strategy” (Büring 2003: 518). 13 Who ate what? What did Fred eat? FCT ate the F. What did Mary eat? MCT ate the F. What did... e. What did Fred eat (the ‘question under discussion’, or QUD). In the example given in Diagram 2, this sentence answers only one of the questions in the ‘strategy’, which is rooted in the question Who ate what?.

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