Focus presuppositions

Abusch, Dorit (2008) Focus presuppositions. Acta Linguistica Hungarica, 55 (3-4). pp. 319-330. ISSN 1216-8076


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This paper reviews notions related to focus and presupposition and addresses the hypothesis that focus triggers an existential presupposition. Presupposition projection behavior in certain examples appears to favor a presuppositional analysis of focus. It is argued that these examples are open to a different analysis using givenness theory. Overall, the analysis favors a weak semantics for focus not including an existential presupposition.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > P0 Philology. Linguistics / filológia, nyelvészet
Depositing User: xFruzsina xPataki
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 08:14
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 08:14

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