Deletion , Deaccenting , and Presupposition

  title={Deletion , Deaccenting , and Presupposition},
  author={Christopher Tancredi},
In this dissertation, I examine the effects of deaccenting the removal of phonological accent from a constituent on interpretation. In general, deaccenting of an element is possible only if that element is salient in the discourse context. Salience alone, however, is not a sufficient condition for deaccenting. The discourse context in (1) makes salient both the verb hit and the NP John, and it is consequently possible for these elements to be deaccented in (la,b). However, in (Ic), it is not… CONTINUE READING
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