What’s the Alternative? Experimental Research on the Extent of Focus Alternative Sets

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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10900/91251
Dokumentart: ConferenceObject
Date: 2019-07-31
Language: English
Faculty: 5 Philosophische Fakultät
Department: Allgemeine u. vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
DDC Classifikation: 400 - Language and Linguistics
430 - Germanic languages; German
Keywords: Thema-Rhema-Gliederung , Intonation <Linguistik>
Other Keywords:
focus semantics
alternative sets
contextual restriction
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According to alternative semantics (Rooth, 1985, 1992), the main function of focus is to evoke contextually relevant alternatives for a focused element. The present study uses a cross-modal priming experiment to investigate the extent of these focus alternative sets that are being activated in the listeners' minds when processing a focused element.

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