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Title: Focus in the Meta-Informative Centering Theory
Paper URL: http://www.celta.paris-sorbonne.fr/publications/indiv/wl/Focus.pdf
Author: André Włodarczyk
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Homepage: http://perso.numericable.com/andre.wlodarczyk/
Institution: Charles de Gaulle University
Author: Hélène Włodarczyk
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Homepage: http://www.paris-sorbonne.fr/fr/article.php3?id_article=947
Institution: Université Paris Sorbonne - Paris IV
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories
Abstract: The theoretical framework of this approach is the structural theory of language, coming from the European tradition and based upon the study of various languages. Despite the distinction usually made between functional and formal linguistics, the formalisation of structural (mostly functional) linguistic theories is feasible. In order to achieve this task the logical reconstruction of concepts, objects and methods underlying structural theories must be undertaken, i.e. formal models of these theories must be built. Our Meta-Informative Centering Theory is a formal model of linguistic information, that is to say the way information is linearised and expressed in human languages. In this model, as will be explained below, an important distinction is made between informative and meta-informative levels.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
URL: http://www.celta.paris-sorbonne.fr/publications/indiv/wl/Focus.pdf


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