Realization of Focal Accent in VP-ellipsis

동사구 생략에서의 초점억양 실현양상

  • 김희성 (고려대학교 영어영문학과) ;
  • 이용재 (고려대학교 영어영문학과) ;
  • 김기호 (고려대학교 영어영문학과)
  • Published : 2002.09.01


Linguistically, 'Focus' is the element which includes new or unpresupposed information. It is usually signalled by prosodic prominence called the 'pitch accent'. The purpose of this study is to observe the realization of the focal accent in VP-ellipsis, especially, to affect the meaning recovery of elided VP. Asher (1999) gave evidence that focal stress should be on the higher verb and the AUX in order to recover the elided VP to the lower one. In this paper, the systematic patterning of focal accent to decide the elided meaning in VP-ellipsis is to be observed. The realization of focal accent by English native speakers is set as the criteria for the meaning recovery of the elided VP and is compared to Koreans'. Moreover, the focal accents of Koreans are observed and compared with respect to their English proficiency levels.