Contrast and information structure: a focus-based analysis of buti

Autor(en): Umbach, C
Stichwörter: Language & Linguistics; Linguistics
Erscheinungsdatum: 2005
Herausgeber: DE GRUYTER MOUTON
Journal: LINGUISTICS
Volumen: 43
Ausgabe: 1
Startseite: 207
Seitenende: 232
Zusammenfassung: 
This article presents a novel analysis of the contrastive connector but based on the observation that (i) the contrast induced by but relates to the information structure of the conjuncts, and (ii) the use of but requires a denial with respect to an implicit question. It is shown that but combines additivity, as in and/also, and exclusion, as in only. This analysis provides a uniform basis to explain the apparently different uses of but, including semantic opposition, denial-of-expectation, and topic change. Moreover, it sheds new light on the concessive use of but.
ISSN: 00243949
DOI: 10.1515/ling.2005.43.1.207

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