Focus: Linguistic, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives
Peter Bosch, Rob van der Sandt
Cambridge University Press, 1999 - Computers - 368 pages
This book presents a collection of papers on the issue of focus in its broadest sense. While commonly being considered as related to phenomena such as presupposition and anaphora, focusing is much more widely spread, and it is this pervasiveness that this collection addresses. The volume explicitly aims to bring together theoretical, psychological, and descriptive approaches to focus, at the same time maintaining the overall interest in how these notions apply to the larger problem of evolving some formal representation of the semantic aspects of linguistic content. The contributed papers to this volume have been reworked from a selection of original work presented at a conference held in 1994 in Schloss Wolfsbrunnen in Germany.
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accommodation adverbial ambiguity analysis anaphoric antecedent argument Asher association with focus assume constraints context contrastive focus counterfactual deaccented Definition denotes determiner discourse marker discourse referents Discourse Representation Theory discussed DRSs dynamic element embedding entities event example existential Fintel focus feature focus projection focus-sensitive focus/background structure given increment informational autonomy interpretation intonational introduced John Kamp Krifka lexical linguistic main clause Mary meaning Natural Language Natural Language Processing node nonautonomy notion noun Partee partitive pitch accent pop stars wore pragmatic Predicate Logic predict presupposed presupposition pronoun proposed propositions prosodic psychological focus question reading reference marker relevant restrictor rhetorical relation Rooth rule S-topic Sandt SDRT semantic focus sentence set of alternatives Sgall speaker stressed pronoun Subject-Prodrop SYNPHONICS syntactic syntax temporal clauses theory topic topic-focus articulation tree isomorphism truth conditions unstressed utterance van der Sandt variable verb Yiddish zero subjects