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LINGUIST List 25.2411

Tue Jun 03 2014

Books: Objects and Information Structure: Dalrymple, Nikolaeva

Editor for this issue: Sara Couture <saralinguistlist.org>

Date: 02-Jun-2014
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Objects and Information Structure: Dalrymple, Nikolaeva
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Title: Objects and Information Structure
Published: 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://cambridge.org

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/grammar-and-syntax/objects-and-information-structure

Author: Mary Dalrymple
Author: Irina Nikolaeva
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107627376 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 22.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107627376 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 34.99
Abstract:

Editor's note: This is a new paperback edition for a previously announced book.

In many languages, the objects of transitive verbs are either marked by grammatical case or agreement on the verb, or they remain unmarked: this is differential object marking. This book is a cross-linguistic study of how differential object marking is affected by information structure, the structuring of the utterance in accordance with the informational value of its elements and contextual factors. Marked objects tend to be associated with old information or information that the sentence is about, while unmarked objects tend to express new information. The book also sheds light on grammatical patterning in languages with differential object marking: in some languages marked and unmarked objects have identical grammatical properties, whereas in other languages marked objects are more active in syntax. Finally, it provides a theory of the historical changes that lead to the emergence of various patterns of differential object marking.

1. Introduction;
2. Syntactic assumptions;
3. Information structure in grammar;
4. Syntax and information structure;
5. Topicality and grammatical marking;
6. Topical marking of nonsubjects;
7. Topicality and DOM;
8. Primary and secondary objecthood and DOM;
9. Multiple objects and grammatical alignment;
10. Semantic features, topicality and grammaticalisation;
11. Conclusion.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/pubs/books/get-book.cfm?BookID=70516


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