Banks, David
Universite de Bretagne Occidentale
Brest, France

David Banks
2, rue des Saules
29217 Plougonvelin

Strand: Discourse English

Title: Information Structure in Cleft Sentences

The standard analysis of information structure in marked cases claims that the tonic syllable indicates the culmination of new information and that what follows the tonic syllable is then given information. This seems inadequate to deal with cleft structures, where it is not even evident how many tone units should be attributed. An experiment is being set up wherein a number of subjects are asked to read extracts from newpaper articles. The extracts include examples of cleft sentences. This will enable study of how these subjects actually deal with the information structure of cleft structures in practice.