Why do speakers accent ‘‘given’’ information?

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The accenting of contextually 'given' information constitutes a problem for analyses that regard accents as correlating only with 'new' information. It will be shown that the accenting of 'given' information is explainable as resulting from general metrical well-formedness conditions on prosodic constituents. Units higher than the word are seen to obey the same metrical constraints that are present at the word level.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1991
EventEurospeech 91: 2nd European conference on speech communication and technology - Genoa
Duration: 1991 Sep 24 → …


ConferenceEurospeech 91: 2nd European conference on speech communication and technology
Period1991/09/24 → …

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • metrical structure
  • prosodic structure
  • tone-unit
  • intermediate phrase
  • accentual phrase
  • 'given information'
  • 'new information'
  • deaccenting
  • rhythm.

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