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Why do speakers accent ‘‘given’’ information?

Horne, Merle LU (1991) Eurospeech 91: 2nd European conference on speech communication and technology p.1279-1282
Abstract
The accenting of contextually 'given' information constitutes a problem for analyses that regard accents as correlating only with 'new' information. It will be shown that the accenting of 'given' information is explainable as resulting from general metrical well-formedness conditions on prosodic constituents. Units higher than the word are seen to obey the same metrical constraints that are present at the word level.
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metrical structure, prosodic structure, tone-unit, intermediate phrase, accentual phrase, 'given information', 'new information', deaccenting, rhythm.
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1279 - 1282
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Eurospeech 91: 2nd European conference on speech communication and technology
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English
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  abstract     = {The accenting of contextually 'given' information constitutes a problem for analyses that regard accents as correlating only with 'new' information. It will be shown that the accenting of 'given' information is explainable as resulting from general metrical well-formedness conditions on prosodic constituents. Units higher than the word are seen to obey the same metrical constraints that are present at the word level.},
  author       = {Horne, Merle},
  keyword      = {metrical structure,prosodic structure,tone-unit,intermediate phrase,accentual phrase,'given information','new information',deaccenting,rhythm.},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {1279--1282},
  title        = {Why do speakers accent ‘‘given’’ information?},
  year         = {1991},
}