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Lecture 7: Focus
n English, important words are usually marked by extra stress. This helps focus the listener's attention on the important words. Although stress differences are difficult for Korean students, researchers have found that focus is important for communication in English. As we study, we will occasionally look at focus. Remember, focus is logical: stressed words are often the ones that concern new information, as in the dialog below.
Chulsu: You have a message.
Insuk: Is it important?
Chulsu: Yes, it's from your boyfriend.
Insuk: What did he say.
Chulsu: He said you should meet him.
Insuk: Did he say where I should meet him?
Chulsu: Yes, at the park.