Information Structure and Sentence Form: Topic, Focus, and the Mental Representations of Discourse Referents

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 13, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 408 pages
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Why do speakers of all languages use different grammatical structures under different communicative circumstances to express the same idea? This book explores the relationship between the structure of the sentence & its linguistic context.
 

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Contents

Information
36
structure
65
The mental representations of discourse referents
74
topic
117
focus
206
Summary and conclusion
334
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