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Praet, Wout Van and Gerard O'Grady. 2018. The prosody of specification: Discourse intonational cues to setting up a variable. Journal of Pragmatics 135 : 87–100.
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The intonation of specification functionally surpasses a sheer background-focus contrast. The distinct communicative dynamism of (non)reversed clauses correlates with distinctions in tonality. (In)definite variables are characteristically voiced with distinct tones, expressing distinct interpersonal meanings. Reversed specificationals generally serve as phoric bridges between previous and subsequent context.