Discourse structure and sentential information structure. An initial proposal


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In this article we argue that discourse structure constrains the set ofpossible constituents in a discourse that can provide the relevantcontext for structuring information in a target sentence, whileinformation structure critically constrains discourse structureambiguity. For the speaker, the discourse structure provides a set of possible contexts for continuation while information structure assignment is independent of discourse structure. For the hearer, the information structure of a sentence together with discourse structure instructs dynamic semantics how rhematic information should be used to update the meaning representation of the discourse
Keywords discourse structure  focus/background  information structure  Linguistic Discourse Model  prosody  theme/rheme
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DOI 10.1023/A:1024187311998
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