Bite one's thumb and turn one's nose: A minimal pair of focus assignment in "Romeo and Juliet"
Manfred Krifka
January 2024

The paper investigates a passage in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" that involves a string-identical minimal pair in distinct contexts that require different focus assignments, one with narrow focus and one ith wider focus. It shows that oral performances realize these string-identical expressions differently. It also shows that literary translations quite often realize the different interpretations of the string-identical originals and offer distinct written forms, employing cleft constructions, focus movement, or orthographic highlighting. This is shown with translations into German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Turkish, and Japanese.
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Reference: lingbuzz/007995
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Published in: Goethe-Universit├Ąt Frankfurt
keywords: focus, focus projection, prosody, highlighting, translation, shakespeare, semantics, syntax, phonology
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