Why do speakers accent ‘‘given’’ information?

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title = "Why do speakers accent ‘‘given’’ information?",
abstract = "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.",
keywords = "metrical structure, prosodic structure, tone-unit, intermediate phrase, accentual phrase, 'given information', 'new information', deaccenting, rhythm.",
author = "Merle Horne",
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); Eurospeech 91: 2nd European conference on speech communication and technology ; Conference date: 24-09-1991",
year = "1991",
language = "English",
pages = "1279--1282",