Technical Reports (CIS)

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

September 1991


University of Pennsylvania Department of Computer and Information Science Technical Report No. MS-CIS-91-63.


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".



Date Posted: 16 January 2008