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2011 | 21 | 1 | 14-23
Article title

Word-Order Variability and FSP in Written and Spoken Discourse

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Abstracts
EN
The article explores the role of word-order as an indicator of the rheme in samples of written and spoken language respectively. The assumption was that this role of word order would be more prominent in written language, where the choice of a particular linear arrangement may be prompted by the need to achieve the effect of end-focus. In spoken discourse the rheme is signalled by prosodic clues, namely by the placement of the intonation nucleus, irrespective of its position in the sentence, rendering word-order a secondary indicator. As a result, the frequency of deviations from the grammatical word-order, e.g. fronting, is lower in spoken discourse. However, the analysis of word-order in spoken discourse is made difficult by irregularity and structural incompleteness.
Year
Volume
21
Issue
1
Pages
14-23
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Document type
ARTICLE
Contributors
  • Vladislav Smolka, Linguistica Pragensia, redakce, Ustav pro jazyk cesky AV CR, v.v.i., Letenska 4, 118 51 Praha 1, Czech Republic
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Document Type
Publication order reference
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11CZAAAA099224
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