Focus Placement on Adjacent Words in Yes/No Questions
Semantic theory predicts four different focus configurations for a pair of adjacent words: early, late, broad and double focus. We report on a production study which confirms that speakers make a significant, though non-obligatory, distinction between the four categories. The distinction is observed in yes/no question and so cannot be associated with a specific intonational tune. The results also fail to support theories of focus projection and uniquely syntagmatic models of prominence.
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Howell, Jonathan, "Focus Placement on Adjacent Words in Yes/No Questions" (2015). Department of Linguistics Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 4.