Information Structure and Sentence Form: Topic, Focus, and the Mental Representations of Discourse Referents by Knud LambrechtInformation Structure and Sentence Form: Topic, Focus, and the Mental Representations of Discourse Referents by Knud Lambrecht

Information Structure and Sentence Form: Topic, Focus, and the Mental Representations of Discourse…

byKnud Lambrecht

Paperback | November 13, 1996

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Why do languages have so many different ways of expressing the same idea? Lambrecht addresses this question through an investigation of the "information structure" of sentences. His analysis is based on the observation that the structure of a sentence reflects a speaker's assumptions about the hearer's state of knowledge and consciousness at the time of the utterance. Four independent but interrelated categories are analyzed: presupposition and assertion, identifiability and activation, topic, and focus.
Title:Information Structure and Sentence Form: Topic, Focus, and the Mental Representations of Discourse…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:408 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:November 13, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521587042

ISBN - 13:9780521587044

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Information; 3. The mental representations of discourse referents; 4. Pragmatic relations: topic; 5. Pragmatic relations: focus; 6. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"I recommend that this book be placed in all field libraries, and that consultants in discourse, syntax, and translation be familiar with t." Robert A. Dooley, Notes on Linguistcs