Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://dx.doi.org/10.18419/opus-5715
Authors: Sæbø, Kjell Johan
Title: Focus, sensitivity, and the currency of the question
Issue Date: 2009
metadata.ubs.publikation.typ: Konferenzbeitrag
metadata.ubs.publikation.source: Riester, Arndt ; Onea, Edgar (eds.): Focus at the syntax-semantics interface. Stuttgart : University, 2009 (SinSpeC 3), S. 87-99
URI: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:93-opus-40446
http://elib.uni-stuttgart.de/handle/11682/5732
http://dx.doi.org/10.18419/opus-5715
Abstract: According to Beaver and Clark (2008), a closed class of items, primarily particles like even or only, are systematically sensitive to focus, encoding a dependency on the Current Question (the CQ). This theory appears to give wrong predictions for exclusive particles like only in some cases where intuitively, what the particle associates with is not the (only) constituent in focus, – something else can be in focus instead or as well, even it itself. I conclude that while both focus itself and exclusive particles always address a Question, they do not always address the same.
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