Article published in:Approaches to Hungarian: Volume 13: Papers from the 2011 Lund conference
Edited by Johan Brandtler, Valéria Molnár and Christer Platzack
[Approaches to Hungarian 13] 2013
► pp. 199–228
Discourse new, focused, and given
Mandatory phrasal prominence on a constituent in English is often attributed to the presence of a focus interpretation for that constituent, be it focus as discourse new or as selection among discourse relevant alternatives. It is argued here that these two functions of focus should be empirically distinguished and use of the notion “focus” restricted to the latter function alone. Phrasal prosodic prominence in discourse new constituents is attributed to default prosody, namely the focus-insensitive mapping between syntactic and prosodic structures. Evidence is garnered to support the notion of default prosodic prominence. This proposal is then briefly applied to Hungarian.
Published online: 25 September 2013
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Lai, Jackie Yan-Ki
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