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Title: Information Structure in a Cross-linguistic Perspective.
Edited By: Hilde Hasselgård
Stig Johansson
Bergljot Behrens
Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen
Series Title: Language and Computers Vol. 39

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

Editor’s 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 research

Carlota S. Smith: Perspective and point of view: Accounting for subjectivity

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

Valéria Molnár: Contrast - from a contrastive perspective

Jorunn Hetland: Accent and the notion of contrast: A cross-linguistic

Christiane von Stutterheim, Ralf Nüse and Jorge Murcia Serra:
Cross-linguistic differences in the conceptualisation of events

Juliane House: Maintenance and convergence in covert translation English •

Erich Steiner: Grammatical metaphor in translation • some methods for
corpus-based investigation

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
Norwegian Bokmål
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9042014695
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: XIII, 228 pp.
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