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The paper briefly reviews a theory of intonational prosody and its relation syntax, and to certain oppositions of discourse meaning that have variously been called "topic and comment", "theme and rheme", "given and new", or "presupposition and focus." The theory, which is based on Combinatory Categorial Grammar, is presented in full elsewhere. The present paper examines its implications for the semantics of "focus".
Mark Steedman, "Surface Structure, Intonation, and Focus", . September 1991.
Date Posted: 16 January 2008