A Critical Review of Semantic Theories of Focus and an Alternative Approach

의미론적 초점 이론에 대한 비판적 고찰과 대안

  • Received : 2010.05.21
  • Accepted : 2010.06.14
  • Published : 2010.06.30


This study reviews (i) the (dis)advantages of two major semantic theories of focus, i.e., the Alternative Semantics (AS) and the Structured Meaning Theory (SM), and (ii) the hybrid analysis consisting of these two theories proposed by Krifka (2006). After pointing out a problem of this hibrid analysis, this study attempts to show the third alternative, i.e., the theory of identificational predication for focus can solve this problem.