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LINGUIST List 20.1465

Fri Apr 17 2009

Books: Syntax/Ling Theories: Lopez

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        1.    Elyse Turr, A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure: Lopez

Message 1: A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure: Lopez
Date: 15-Apr-2009
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure: Lopez
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Title: A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
Published: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Author: Luis Lopez
Hardback: ISBN: 0199557403 9780199557400 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 120.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0199557411 9780199557417 Pages: 256 Price: U.S. $ 45.00
Abstract:

In this volume, Luis López sheds new light on information structure and
makes a significant contribution to work on grammatical operations in the
Minimalist Program. Through a careful analysis of dislocations and focus
fronting in Romance, the author shows that notions such as 'topic' and
'focus', as usually defined, yield no predictions and proposes instead a
feature system based on the notions 'discourse anaphor' and 'contrast'. He
presents a detailed model of syntax-- information-structure interaction and
argues that this interaction takes place at the phase level, with a
privileged role for the edge of the phase. Further, he investigates
phenomena concerning the syntax of objects in Romance and Germanic -
accusative A, p-movement, clitic doubling, scrambling, object shift - and
shows that there are cross-linguistic correlations between syntactic
configuration and specificity, independent of discourse connectedness. The
volume ends with an extended analysis of the syntax of dislocations in Romance.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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