Expression of information structure in Mawng: Intonation and focus

Singer, Ruth (2006). Expression of information structure in Mawng: Intonation and focus. In: Keith Allan, 2005 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, Melbourne, Australia, (1-14). 28-30 September 2005.

Author Singer, Ruth
Title of paper Expression of information structure in Mawng: Intonation and focus
Conference name 2005 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 28-30 September 2005
Place of Publication Cardiff, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Linguistic Society
Publication Year 2006
Year available 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780900281507; 0980281504
Editor Keith Allan
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Many Australian languages have relatively free word order and the main function of word order is the encoding of information structure. This generalization also applies to Mawng, a non-Pama Nyungan language of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Demonstratives are also used to encode the information status of a referent. In addition, intonation clearly plays a role. Work on Mawng intonation is at a very early stage but some characteristic patterns have been identified, which are associated with particular sentence types. In these three ways Mawng fits in with our general understanding of the way that information is expressed in Australian languages.
Subjects 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Keyword Australian languages
Information structure
Intonation
Topic
Focus
Word order
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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