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Title: Information Structure
Subtitle: Theoretical and Empirical Aspects
Edited By: Anita Steube
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110179342-1&l=E
Series Title: Language, Context & Cognition 1

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.


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

Beáta Gyuris
Two Types of Contrastive Topics?

Ingolf Max
Information Structure – Two-dimensionally Explicated

Brigitta Haftka
Topic Constraints in the German Middlefield

Rosemarie Lühr
Contrastive Word Stress in Vedic Endo- and Exocentric Compounds

Thomas Weskott
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

Grit Mehldorn
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

Dorothee Fehrmann
Prosody in Contrast: Prosodic Distinction of Contrast and Correction.
Readings of Polish Adversative Coordinate Structures

Date of Publication: 9/2004

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Publication Year: 2004
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Generative Grammar
Subject Language(s): German
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110179342
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Pages: xxii, 386
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