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Lone contrastive topic constructions

  • It has been long agreed by formal and functional researchers (primarily based on English data) that contrastive topic marking, namely marking a constituent as a contrastive topic via the B-accent/the rising intonation contour) requires the co-occurrence of focus marking via the A-accent/the falling intonation contour (see Sturgeon 2006, and references therein). However, this consensus has recently been disputed by new findings indicating the occurrence of utterances with only B-accent, dubbed as lone contrastive topic (Büring 2003, Constant 2014). In this paper, I argue, based on the data in Vietnamese, that the presence of lone contrastive topic is just apparent, and that the focus that co-occurs with the seemingly lone contrastive topic is a verum focus.

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Author:Tran Thuan
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages (TripleA) 2
Subtitle (English):a puzzle from Vietnamese
Editor:Mira Grubic, Anne Mucha
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2016
Year of Completion:2016
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2016/06/23
First Page:52
Last Page:64
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Linguistik / Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 41 Linguistik / 410 Linguistik
Collections:Universität Potsdam / Sammelwerke (nicht forlaufend) / Proceedings of the Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages (TripleA) 2 / Beiträge
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerziell, Keine Bearbeitung 4.0 International