Don’t Interpret Focus! Why a Presuppositional Account of Focus Fails and How a Presuppositional Account of Givenness Works

  • Uli Sauerland

Abstract

This paper advances a purely presuppositional analysis of intonation. I first show that a inspiring recent article by Geurts and van der Sandt (Theoretical Linguistics, 2004) that pursues the same goal cannot account for multiple foci. Then, I show that if it is assumed that destressed rather than focussed material is semantically marked, multiple foci are accounted for correctly.
Published
2019-08-20
How to Cite
Sauerland, U. (2019). Don’t Interpret Focus! Why a Presuppositional Account of Focus Fails and How a Presuppositional Account of Givenness Works. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 9, 370-384. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2005.v9i0.775