How to elicit semi-spontaneous focus realizations with specific tonal patterns

  • This article presents a situation description production experiment investigating the interaction between syntax and information structure in Akan, a tone language that belongs to the Kwa branch of the Niger- Congo family spoken in Ghana. Information structure was elicited via context questions that put the object in narrow informational focus or narrow corrective focus while controlling for the tonal structure of the target word. Contrary to the prediction that corrective focus is marked by fronting and morphological marking of the focused constituent the data suggest that the in-situ strategy is the preferred one.

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Author:Susanne Genzel, Frank Kügler
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2011/01/04
Year of Completion:2011
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2011/01/04
Tag:Akan; information structure; syntax
Source:Grubic, Mira et al.: Linguistic Fieldnotes I: Information Structure in different African Languages. - Potsdam : Univ.-Verl., 2010 - (Interdisciplinary studies on information structure ; 13). - S. 77 - 102
RVK - Regensburg Classification:ER 300
Organizational units:Wissenschaftliche Einrichtungen / Sonderforschungsbereich 632 - Informationsstruktur
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Collections:Universität Potsdam / Schriftenreihen / Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : ISIS ; working papers of the SFB 632, ISSN 1866-4725 / ISIS (2010) 13
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht