Information structure in a spoken corpus of Cameroon Pidgin English

Green, Melanie and Ozon, Gabriel (2018) Information structure in a spoken corpus of Cameroon Pidgin English. In: Adamou, Evangelia, Haude, Katharina and Vanhove, Martine (eds.) Information structure in lesser-described languages: studies in prosody and syntax. Studies in Language Companion Series, 199 . John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 329-356. ISBN 9789027263810 (Accepted)

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Abstract

We explore information structure in a spoken corpus of Cameroon Pidgin English, addressing the broad question of how far the corpus method addresses the needs of research in this area. Focusing on marked pronouns used in focus/topic constructions and the copula/focus marker na, we detail a method for investigating information structure in the corpus. Corpus analysis not only confirms but elaborates an emergent description allowed by the elicitation stage, demonstrating that while elicitation reveals what is possible, corpus analysis reveals what is preferred. However, we conclude that qualitative analysis is still required to identify instances of focus in the absence of marked morphosyntactic features, as well as interpretations governed by context.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania > PL8000 African languages and literature
Depositing User: Laura Vellacott
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2017 09:41
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 09:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/71079

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