By Hans-Christian Schmitz

ISBN-10: 0230002536

ISBN-13: 9780230002531

Hans-Christian Schmitz argues speaker has to utter a sentence in a manner that makes the hearer understand no less than these phrases which are adequate for figuring out the total sentence. In spoken language the speaker has to intensify those phrases. Semantics results of accentuation look as epi-phenomena in their pragmatic functionality. the writer defines a proper version for the translation of incompletely famous sentences and derives a context-sensitive rule of accentuation. the guideline of accentuation is experimentally evaluated.

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8 It is up to the speaker 7 Do we really care whether it is 18:03 or 18:00? Do we choose a reading, or do we just take the time to be about 18:00/18:03? – That depends on our interests. A train to Cologne departs from Bonn Main Station at 18:01. If we want to take that train, it is important for us to know whether it is 18:00 or 18:03. 8 This also was the subject of an experiment with 33 undergraduate students (22 native speakers of German, and 11 non-native speakers). The test persons had to imagine that it was January 2004 (which was actually the case) and that they did not know the day of the week.

8 This also was the subject of an experiment with 33 undergraduate students (22 native speakers of German, and 11 non-native speakers). The test persons had to imagine that it was January 2004 (which was actually the case) and that they did not know the day of the week. ) The test persons had to interpret the answer, and determine which day of the week the speaker meant. 2%) could not deduce any information about the day of the week, and the other three persons mentioned some other day. No significant distinction was recognisable between native and non-native speakers.

Some sentences, which so far had been compatible with the information state, now contradict it. One such sentence is for example ¬ p: after the update with p, the information state only contains indices according to which p is true and ¬ p is false.

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