Quarterly (winter, spring, summer, fall)
224 pp. per issue
6 3/4 x 9 1/4
ISSN
0024-3892
E-ISSN
1530-9150
2014 Impact factor:
1.71

Linguistic Inquiry

Fall 2000, Vol. 31, No. 4, Pages 649-689
(doi: 10.1162/002438900554505)
© 2000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Information Structure and the Syntax-Phonology Interface
Article PDF (297.51 KB)
Abstract

The article proposes a theory of grammar relating syntax, discourse semantics, and intonational prosody. The full range of English intonational tunes distinguished by Beckman and Pierrehumbert (1986) and their semantic interpretation in terms of focus and information structure are discussed, including “discontinuous” themes and rhemes. The theory extends an earlier account based on Combinatory Categorial Grammar, which directly pairs phonological and logical forms without intermediary representational levels.