cofocus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

co- +‎ focus

Noun[edit]

cofocus (plural cofoci)

  1. (linguistics) An element in a clause, sentence, etc. that acts as the focus, or main element, in combination with another such element.
    • 1987, Imre Ruzsa, Anna Szabolcsi, Proceedings of the '87 Debrecen Symposium on Logic and Language
      In general, the expression in focus is a predicate, which applies to something which is defined by the cofocus.
    • 2000, Andrew M. Devine, Laurence D. Stephens, Discontinuous Syntax: Hyperbaton in Greek (page 52)
      Not all cofoci are presuppositions; sometimes the cofocus is new information "accommodated" to the common ground which is introduced as though it were presupposed []