Focus Structure Theory and Intonation

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In this paper I argue that intonation is best analyzed as an overt marking of the focus structure (f-structure) of a sentence. The linguistic level of f-structure in which both topic and focus are identified provides the link between context, interpretation, syntax, and intonation. I further show that the view that grammar is f-structure driven modifies the set of questions one must pose in analyzing the function of various sign language correlates of prosody and intonation. focus rhythm sign language topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-227
Number of pages19
JournalLanguage and Speech
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999


  • Focus
  • Language
  • Rhythm
  • Sign
  • Topic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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