Contrastive Focus vs. Discourse-new: Evidence from Phonetic Prominence in English

  title={Contrastive Focus vs. Discourse-new: Evidence from Phonetic Prominence in English},
  author={Elisabeth Selkirk},
  • Elisabeth Selkirk
  • Published 2011
This article presents new evidence from English that the theory of grammar makes a distinction between the contrastive focus and discourse-new status of constituents. The evidence comes from a phonetic investigation which compares the prosody of all-new sentences with the prosody of sentences combining contrastive focus and discourse-new constituents. We have found that while the sentences of these different types in our experimental materials are not distinguished in their patterns of… CONTINUE READING


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