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LINGUIST List 19.31

Mon Jan 07 2008

Books: Morphology/Phonology/Semantics: Aboh, Hartmann, Zimmermann (Eds)

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Focus Strategies in African Languages: Aboh, Hartmann, Zimmermann (Eds)


Message 1: Focus Strategies in African Languages: Aboh, Hartmann, Zimmermann (Eds)
Date: 18-Dec-2007
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Focus Strategies in African Languages: Aboh, Hartmann, Zimmermann (Eds)
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Title: Focus Strategies in African Languages
Subtitle: The Interaction of Focus and Grammar in Niger-Congo and Afro-Asiatic
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 191
Published: 2007
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110195934-1

Editor: Katharina Hartmann
Editor: Enoch Oladé Aboh
Author: Malte Zimmermann
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110195934 Pages: 324 Price: Europe EURO 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110195934 Pages: 324 Price: U.S. $ 137.00 Comment: for orders placed in North America
Abstract:

Over the last two decades, focus has become a prominent topic in major
fields in linguistic research (syntax, semantics, phonology). Focus
Strategies in African Languages contributes to the ongoing discussion of
focus by investigating focus-related phenomena in a range of African
languages, most of which have been under-represented in the theoretical
literature on focus.

The articles in the volume look at focus strategies in Niger-Congo and
Afro-Asiatic languages from several theoretical and methodological
perspectives, ranging from detailed generative analysis to careful
typological generalization across languages. Their common aim is to deepen
our understanding of whether and how the information-structural category of
focus is represented and marked in natural language. Topics investigated
are, among others, the relation of focus and prosody, the effects of
information structure on word order, ex situ versus in situ strategies of
focus marking, the inventory of focus marking devices, focus and related
constructions, focus-sensitive particles.

The present inquiry into the focus systems of African languages has
repercussions on existing theories of focus. It reveals new focus
strategies as well as fine-tuned focus distinctions that are not discussed
in the theoretical literature, which is almost exclusively based on
well-documented intonation languages.

Keywords
African languages; pragmatics

Readership
Theoretical Linguists, Africanists, Typologists

Prices are subject to change. Prices do not include postage and handling.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Phonology
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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