Referential and Lexical Givenness : Semantic , Prosodic and Cognitive Aspects

  title={Referential and Lexical Givenness : Semantic , Prosodic and Cognitive Aspects},
  author={Stefan Baumann and Arndt Riester},
The main objective of the paper is to show that for an adequate analysis of an item’s information status in spoken language two levels of givenness have to be investigated: a referential and a lexical level. This separation is a crucial step towards our goal to arrive at the best possible classification of nominal expressions occurring in natural discourse which reflects our understanding of all important aspects related to an item’s givenness or novelty (“information status”). For that purpose… CONTINUE READING
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