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LINGUIST List 23.5024

Mon Dec 03 2012

Books: Contrasts and Positions in Information Structure: Kucerova, Neeleman (Eds)

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Date: 29-Nov-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Contrasts and Positions in Information Structure: Kucerova, Neeleman (Eds)
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Title: Contrasts and Positions in Information Structure
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6697061/Contrasts%20and%20Positions%20in%20Information%20Structure/?site_locale=en_US

Editor: Ivona Kucerova
Editor: Ad Neeleman

Hardback: ISBN: 9781107001985 Pages: 354 Price: U.S. $ 110.00


Information structure, or the way the information in a sentence is 'divided'
into categories such as topic, focus, comment, background, and old versus new
information, is one of the most widely-debated topics in linguistics. This
volume incorporates exciting new work on the relationship between syntax and
information structure. The contributors are united in rejecting accounts that
assume designated syntactic positions associated with specific
information-structural interpretations, and aim instead to derive
information-structural conditions on word order and other phenomena from the
way syntax and syntax-external systems interact. Beyond this shared aim, the
authors of the various chapters advocate a number of approaches, based on
different types of data (syntactic, semantic, phonological/phonetic) from a
range of languages. The book is aimed at specialists in syntax and/or
information structure, as well as students and linguists in related fields
keen to familiarise themselves with current issues in this fascinating area of

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Ivona Kučerová and Ad Neeleman
Part I. The Architecture of Grammar and the Primitives of Information
Structure: 2. Predicate integration: phrase structure or argument structure?
Daniel Büring
3. Wh-intonation and information structure in South Kyeongsang Korean and
Tokyo Japanese Hyun Kyung Hwang
4. Grammatical marking of givenness Ivona Kučerová
5. Interface configurations: identificational focus and the flexibility of
syntax Balázs Surányi
6. Focus and givenness: a unified approach Michael Wagner
7. The locality of focusing and the coherence of anaphors Edwin Williams

Part II. Exploring the Interfaces: Case Studies: 8. NP ellipsis without focus
movement/projections: the role of classifiers Artemis Alexiadou and Kirsten
9. Focus in Greek wh-questions Theodora Alexopoulou and Mary Baltazani
10. Against FocusP: arguments from Zulu Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng and Laura J.
11. Scrambling as formal movement Gisbert Fanselow
12. Left peripheral arguments and discourse interface strategies in Yucatec
Maya Stavros Skopeteas and Elisabeth Verhoeven


Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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