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Accentuation and Interpretation


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Hans-Christian Schmitz
    Pages 6-27
  3. Hans-Christian Schmitz
    Pages 28-82
  4. Hans-Christian Schmitz
    Pages 83-141
  5. Hans-Christian Schmitz
    Pages 142-200
  6. Hans-Christian Schmitz
    Pages 201-204
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 205-226

About this book


Develops a highly original theory of accentuation in which accentuation serves the mere pragmatic function of making utterances well comprehensible. Semantic effects of accentuation are explained as epiphenomena of pragmatic accentuation. The theory is formally elaborated in a model-theoretic framework and experimentally justified.


construction interpret Interpretation knowledge reconstruction semantic

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Frankfurt am MainGermany

About the authors

HANS-CHRISTIAN SCHMITZ is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His research focuses on formal semantics and the pragmatics of natural language.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Accentuation and Interpretation
  • Authors H. Schmitz
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2008
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Language & Linguistics Collection Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-00253-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-28073-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-59256-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 226
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pragmatics
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