LINGUIST List 15.2836

Mon Oct 11 2004

Books: Syntax, English/Spanish: Casielles-Suarez

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        1.    Dylan Maiden, The Syntax-Information Structure Interface: Casielles-Suarez

Message 1: The Syntax-Information Structure Interface: Casielles-Suarez

Date: 22-Sep-2004
From: Dylan Maiden <>
Subject: The Syntax-Information Structure Interface: Casielles-Suarez

Title: The Syntax-Information Structure Interface
Subtitle: Evidence from Spanish and English
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

Published: 2004
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)

Author: Eugenia Casielles-Suarez

Hardback: ISBN: 0415970954 Pages: 208 Price: U.S. $ 75.00


In the last decade, the notions of topic and focus have come to play an
increasingly relevant role in theoretical linguistics. Although these
notions are often taken for granted, they are still poorly understood. This
study offers a detailed analysis of the precise definitions of these and
related terms (theme, topic, background, given information, focus,
contrast, etc.) as well as of their combination into information structures
such as the topic-focus and background-focus articulations. It recommends
pursuing a feature-based typology of topics and argues against a dual
nature of focus (i.e. presentational vs. contrastive).

Central questions addressed are the analysis of subjects in Spanish and
English (DP vs. NP and null vs. preverbal vs. postverbal) and the nature of
constructions such as topicalization, left-dislocation, and focus
preposing. Further, it is proposed that in Spanish information structure
can be read off the syntax: while an overt DP in the preverbal specifier
subject position is interpreted as the topic in a topic-focus articulation,
one or more left- or right-dislocated phrases are interpreted as part of
the background in background-focus/focus-background structures.

1. Introduction
2. Topics
3. Topical Phrases & Topicalizing Constructions
4. Bare Nominals
5. Focus
6. Focus Preposing
7. Information structure & Syntactic Structure

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English (Language Code: ENG)
                            Spanish (Language Code: SPN)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG )

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