This volume is devoted to the subjects "information structure" and "contrast." The working hypothesis of this part of the project is that, apart from the use of lexical indication, the expression of contrast vs. correction is primarily carried by the intonation contour as a means for indicating scope and focus in negating constructions. The papers in this volume proceed from the premise that the information structure is preformed conceptually, and on articulation in the dynamic context is then portioned and linearized, mapped onto the syntactic representation via the semantic representation, and finally realized intonationally. The findings are partly based on neurolinguistic and psycholinguistic experiments.
Anita Steube is Professor of General Linguistics at the University of Leipzig.
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Eva Hajicová and Petr Sgall
Degrees of Contrast and the Topic-Focus Articulation
Anita Steube, Kai Alter, and Andreas Späth
Information Structure and Modular Grammar
Andreas Späth and Martin Trautwein
Negative Descriptions of Events: Semantic and Conceptual Aspects of
Sentence Negation and its Relevance for Information Structure
Two Types of Contrastive Topics?
Information Structure – Two-dimensionally Explicated
Topic Constraints in the German Middlefield
Contrastive Word Stress in Vedic Endo- and Exocentric Compounds
Towards a Scalar Notion of Information Structural Markedness
Claudia Hruska and Kai Alter
Prosody in Dialogues and Single Sentences: How Prosody can influence Speech
Ulrike Toepel and Kai Alter
On the Independence of Information Structural Processing from Prosody
The Prosodic Pattern of Contrastive Accent in Russian
Britta Stolterfoht and Markus Bader
Focus Structure and the Processing of Word Order Variations in German
Carla Umbach, Ina Mleinek, Christine Lehmann, Thomas Weskott, Kai Alter, and Anita Steube
Intonational Patterns in Contrast and Concession
Prosody in Contrast: Prosodic Distinction of Contrast and Correction.
Readings of Polish Adversative Coordinate Structures
Date of Publication: 9/2004
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