Context and Focus Projection. A Compositional, Intonation-Based Account of Focus Interpretation

  • Arndt Riester

Abstract

Theories of focus semantics can be divided into compositional, interpretationoriented approaches (Rooth 1985, Rooth 1992, Krifka 1992) and production-oriented approaches (Schwarzschild 1999). The current paper attempts to bring these different perspectives together and profit from their respective strengths. A compositional algorithm will be developed which starts out from intonation instead of abstract focus; in other words, the algorithm integrates a compositional, givenness-based version of focus projection. Some explications to the notion GIVEN will be presented. Givenness and contrast are shown as two independent modules determining discourse congruence. Finally, the algorithm will be spelled out in Bottom-Up DRT (Kamp, van Genabith and Reyle 2004).
Published
2019-08-20
How to Cite
Riester, A. (2019). Context and Focus Projection. A Compositional, Intonation-Based Account of Focus Interpretation. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 9, 299-313. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2005.v9i0.770