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AUC PHILOLOGICA, Vol 2017 No 1 (2017), 51–61

What Comes First, What Comes Next: Information Packaging in Written and Spoken Language

Vladislav Smolka

zveřejněno: 20. 07. 2017


The paper explores similarities and differences in the strategies of structuring information at sentence level in spoken and written language, respectively. In particular, it is concerned with the position of the rheme in the sentence in the two different modalities of language, and with the application and correlation of the end-focus and the end-weight principles. The assumption is that while there is a general tendency in both written and spoken language to place the focus in or close to the final position, owing to the limitations imposed by short-term memory capacity (and possibly by other factors), for the sake of easy processibility, it may occasionally be more felicitous in spoken language to place the rhematic element in the initial position or at least close to the beginning of the sentence. The paper aims to identify differences in the function of selected grammatical structures in written and spoken language, respectively, and to point out circumstances under which initial focus is a convenient alternative to the usual end-focus principle.

Klíčová slova: word order; functional sentence perspective; end-focus; written language; spoken language

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