Sentential stress and information structure

Arsalan Kahnemuyipour

in The Syntax of Sentential Stress

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199219230
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191711800 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Sentential stress and information structure

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This chapter considers sentences uttered in non-neutral contexts. An additional rule, namely the Focus Stress Rule, is proposed to handle the interaction between sentential structure and information structure. It is shown that sentential stress is determined in an interplay between the default Sentential Stress Rule and the Focus Stress Rule.

Keywords: information structure; Focus Stress Rule; focus stress; wh-questions; focus projection algorithm; prosodic movement; Sentential Stress Rule

Chapter.  21129 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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