A theory of focus interpretation

  title={A theory of focus interpretation},
  author={Mats Rooth},
  journal={Natural Language Semantics},
  • Mats Rooth
  • Published 1 February 1992
  • Computer Science
  • Natural Language Semantics
According to the alternative semantics for focus, the semantic reflec of intonational focus is a second semantic value, which in the case of a sentence is a set of propositions. We examine a range of semantic and pragmatic applications of the theory, and extract a unitary principle specifying how the focus semantic value interacts with semantic and pragmatic processes. A strong version of the theory has the effect of making lexical or construction-specific stipulation of a focus-related effect… 

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