Why do speakers accent ‘‘given’’ information?

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper, not in proceeding


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.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • metrical structure, prosodic structure, tone-unit, intermediate phrase, accentual phrase, 'given information', 'new information', deaccenting, rhythm.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Publication categoryResearch
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 → …

Bibliographic 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)