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  1. E.van.Broekhuizen, Information Structure in a Cross-linguistic Perspective

Message 1: Information Structure in a Cross-linguistic Perspective

Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 10:23:35 +0000
From: E.van.Broekhuizen <>
Subject: Information Structure in a Cross-linguistic Perspective

Title: Information Structure in a Cross-linguistic Perspective
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Rodopi		 
Editor: Hilde Hasselg�rd, 
Editor: Stig Johansson, 
Editor: Bergljot Behrens, 
Editor: Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen, 

Hardback: ISBN: 9042014695, Pages: XIII, 228 pp., Price: 55

The present volume draws together contributions from a number of
scholars with an interest in empirical, cross-linguistic
description. Most of the papers were first presented at the symposium
"Information Structure in a Cross-linguistic Perspective" held in Oslo
in November/December 2000. The descriptions are functionally oriented,
and their common focus is how information structure " in a broad sense
" can be compared across languages. 'Information structure' has been
approached in a variety of ways by the authors, so as to give a broad
picture of this fundamental principle of text production, involving
the way in which a speaker/writer chooses to present a message in
terms of given/new information, focus, cohesion, and point of
view. Central to much of the research is the problem of establishing
criteria for isolating linguistic constraints on language use from
cultural-linguistic conventions in text production. The linguistic
comparison includes English, German and/or one of the Scandinavian
languages, with sidelights to other languages. Most of the papers are
text- or corpus-based, and the ongoing work on parallel corpora in
Scandinavia is reflected in several contributions.


List of contributors and editors
Editors introduction
Thorstein Fretheim: Interpreting concessive adverbial markers in
English and Norwegian discourse
Bengt Altenberg: Concessive connectors in English and Swedish 
Bergljot Behrens and Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen: Connectives in
contrast: A discourse semantic study of Elaboration based on corpus
Carlota S. Smith: Perspective and point of view: Accounting for
Raphael Salkie: Probability and necessity in English and German 
Karin Aijmer: Modal adverbs of certainty and uncertainty in an
English-Swedish perspective
Jeanette K. Gundel: Information structure and the use of cleft
sentences in English and Norwegian
Geert-Jan M. Kruijff: Formulating a category of informativity
Val�ria Moln�r: Contrast - from a contrastive perspective
Jorunn Hetland: Accent and the notion of contrast: A cross-linguistic
Christiane von Stutterheim, Ralf N�se and Jorge Murcia Serra:
Cross-linguistic differences in the conceptualisation of events
Juliane House: Maintenance and convergence in covert translation
English " German
Erich Steiner: Grammatical metaphor in translation " some methods for
corpus-based investigation

Lingfield(s): Computational Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (Language code: ENG)
			German, Standard (Language code: GER)
			Norwegian, Bokmaal (Language code: NRR)
			Swedish (Language code: SWD)

Areal Regions: Western Europe

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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