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Book: Systemic Phonology

Chapter: Chapter 1: An investigation of how intonation helps signal information structure

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24963


There is widespread acceptance in the literature that speakers, operating in real time in pursuit of their individual communicative goals, use intonation to package their message into Given and New lexical elements. However, it is still not entirely clear what the terms Given and New refer to, nor how information structure relates to tonic and pre-tonic prominence. This chapter briefly examines the second in §1.2 before returning to the first one in §1.3.

Chapter Contributors

  • Gerard O'Grady ( - book-auth-659) 'Cardiff University'