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Focus-marking in different varieties of Spanish

User tchrist made an excellent point in a comment to an answer by Mark Beadles, which probably deserves to be expanded into a separate answer: In many spoken varieties of Spanish, (3) will never be ...
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Different ways to interpret stressed words in a sentence

Stress in English often marks Focus, often some kind of contrastive focus. Your paraphrase is what would be meant by a neutral version of that sentence with no emphasised words. John is easy to ...
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How does order of prepositional phrases effect semantics?

For the larger picture: Yes there are categorisations of languages based on information structure. The most traditional terminology would call the two roles theme and rheme, more modern terminology ...
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