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Information structure and sentence form : topic, focus, and the mental representations of discourse referents

Author: Knud Lambrecht
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Series: Cambridge studies in linguistics, 71.
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Why do speakers of all languages use different grammatical structures under different communicative circumstances to express the same idea? In this comprehensive study, Professor Lambrecht explores the relationship between the structure of sentences and the linguistic and extra-linguistic contexts in which they are used. His analysis is based on the observation that the structure of a sentence reflects a speaker's  Read more...
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Lambrecht, Knud.
Information structure and sentence form.
Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994
(DLC) 93030380
(OCoLC)28721893
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Knud Lambrecht
ISBN: 9780511620607 0511620608
OCLC Number: 817934387
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 388 pages).
Contents: 1. Introduction. 1.1. What is information structure? 1.2. The place of information structure in grammar. 1.3. Information structure and sentence form: a sample analysis analysis. 1.4. Information structure and syntax --
2. Information. 2.1. The universe of discourse. 2.2. Information. 2.3. Presupposition and assertion. 2.4. The pragmatic accommodation of presuppositional structure --
3. The mental representations of discourse referents. 3.1. Discourse referents. 3.2. Identifiability. 3.3. Activation. 3.4. Summary and illustration. 3.5. Identifiability, activation, and the topic-focus parameter --
4. Pragmatic relations: topic. 4.1. Definition of topic. 4.2. Topic and subject. 4.3. Topic, presupposition, and semantic interpretation. 4.4. Topic and the mental representations of referents. 4.5. Implications for syntactic theory. 4.6. Topic and pragmatic accommodation. 4.7. Topic and word order --
5. Pragmatic relations: focus. 5.1. Definition of focus.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in linguistics, 71.
Responsibility: Knud Lambrecht.
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This major contribution to the study of discourse pragmatics investigates the 'information structure' of sentences.  Read more...

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