Topic, Contrastive Topic and Focus: What’s on Our minds

Volume 1
Issue 1
Chungmin Lee
(No Abstract)

01. Introduction

This talk attempts to characterize how vari。us interesting phenomena of information structure reflect our plan/design or control in our minds.1) Our minds work differently for Topic, Contrastive Topic and Focus, in designing the discourse relational pragmatics/ semantics, grammatical and functional relations, and prosodic intonation patterns involved in the phenomena. The working of our minds is particularly well attested in the phenomenon of Contrastive Topic and this phenomenon has been given special attention by linguists anew lately. It is both topical and in a sense focal, as recently claimed (Kritka 1991) and advocated with Korean, Japanese, English, German and Hungarian data (Lee 1973 & 1996 & 1999, Buring 1994, von Fintel 1994, Roberts 1996, Choi 1997, Cho 1997, Wee 1997, Molnar 1998, Han 1998, Uechi 1999). The talk essentially tries to show how ‘Contrastive’ occurs and how it is distinguished 감om typical Topic and from wide and narrow (‘Exclusive’) Focuses at various levels of linguistic analysis. Contrastive Topic in its naπow sense is also distinct, in its design, from list/enumerated/ additive topics, contra Krifka (1998) and Kuno (1998).