Types of focus in English

@inproceedings{Gussenhoven2003TypesOF,
  title={Types of focus in English},
  author={Carlos Gussenhoven},
  year={2003}
}
Speakers conduct conversations so as to establish a common understanding with their hearers about some aspect of the world. In a discourse model, the speaker keeps track of the development of this common understanding, and labels his linguistic expressions for the way the information they convey relates to the information in the discourse model as developed at that point. In English, pitch accents are used for this purpose. Broadly, their location indicates the size of the ‘focus constituent… CONTINUE READING
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