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Intonation and Meaning

Daniel Büring


Speakers can modulate the meaning and effects of their utterances by changing the location of stress or of pauses, and by choosing the melody of their sentences—jointly referred to as Information Structure. Although these factors often do not change the literal meaning of what is said, tools and models to describe these more elusive aspects of linguistic meaning have, in recent years, been developed in formal semantics and pragmatics. This volume provides a guide to what we know about the interplay between prosody—stress, phrasing, and melody—and interpretation—felicity in discourse, inference ... More

Keywords: Information Structure, intonation, prosody, formal semantics, formal pragmatics, focus, information packaging

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226269
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226269.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Büring, author
Professor of Linguistics, University of Vienna