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LINGUIST List 20.2371

Thu Jul 02 2009

Books: Syntax/Semantics: Dufter, Jacob (Eds)

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Focus and Background in Romance Languages: Dufter, Jacob (Eds)

Message 1: Focus and Background in Romance Languages: Dufter, Jacob (Eds)
Date: 01-Jul-2009
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Focus and Background in Romance Languages: Dufter, Jacob (Eds)
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Title: Focus and Background in Romance Languages
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 112
Published: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SLCS%20112

Editor: Andreas Dufter
Editor: Daniel Jacob
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027289520 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027289520 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027205797 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027205797 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

Focus-background structure has taken center stage in much current
theorizing about sentence prosody, syntax, and semantics. However, both the
inventory of focus expressions found cross-linguistically and the
interpretive consequences associated with each of these continue to be
insufficiently described. This volume aims at providing new observations on
the availability and the use of focus markings in Romance languages. In
doing so, it documents the plurality of research on focus in Spanish,
Portuguese, French, Italian, and Romanian. Topics covered include
constituent fronting and clefting, the position of subjects and focus
particles, clitic doubling of objects, and information packaging in complex
sentences. In addition, some contributions explore focus-background
structure from acquisitional and diachronic angles, while others adopt a
comparative perspective, studying differences between individual Romance
and Germanic languages. Therefore, this volume is of interest to a broad
audience within linguistics, including syntacticians, semanticists, and
historical linguists.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): French (fra)
                            Italian (ita)
                            Portuguese (por)
                            Romanian (ron)
                            Spanish (spa)

Written In: English (eng )

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