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Focus : Linguistic, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives - Peter Bosch

Focus

Linguistic, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives

By: Peter Bosch (Editor), Rob van der Sandt (Editor)

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Originally published in 1999, 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.

List of contributors
Preface
Surface Realisation of Focus
Contrastive stress, contrariety and focus
The processing of information structure
On the limits of focus projection in English
Informational autonomy
Subject-prodrop in Yiddish Ellen
Semantic Interpretation of Focus Phenomena
What is the alternative? The computation of focus alternatives from lexical and sortal information
The treatment of focusing particles in underspecified discourse representations
Topic
Focus with nominal quantifiers
Topic, focus and weak quantifiers
Focus, quantification, and semantics-pragmatics issues
Association with focus or association with presupposition
The Function of Focus in Discourse
Discourse and the focus/background distinction
Domain restriction
On different kinds of focus
Stressed and unstressed pronouns: complementary preferences
Discourse linking and discourse subordination
Position and meaning: time adverbials in context
Name index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521168502
ISBN-10: 0521168503
Series: Studies in Natural Language Processing
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 14th April 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.57