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Given/New: what do the terms refer to? A first (small) step [in press]

O'Grady, Gerard Nigel 2016. Given/New: what do the terms refer to? A first (small) step [in press]. English Text Construction 9 (1) , pp. 9-32. 10.1075/etc.9.1.02ogr

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Previous studies indicate that speakers signal the informational status of referents through a combination of intonation, word order and lexical realisation. In this paper, I argue for a non-binary view of information structure with referents being (1) hearer and discourse new, (2) discourse new but hearer given and (3) hearer and discourse given. Thus there can be no simple one-to-one relationship between information structure, lexical realisation and accenting. In the spoken data examined, evidence was found to substantiate a relationship between referential distance and lexical realisation but not between referential distance and tonic accenting. Tonic accents signal speakers’ subjective projection of the importance of a referent but the exact informational meaning signalled by the referent depends on a combination of tonic accent, tone choice, key, linear position and lexical realisation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 15 February 2016
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 10:39

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