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Title: Pragmatic Organization of Discourse in the Languages of Europe
Edited By: Giuliano Bernini
Marcia L. Schwartz
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110157535-1&l=E
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Language Typology / EUROTYP 20-8
Description:

The volume is a collection of papers reporting the results of investigations on
the interaction of discourse and sentence structure in the languages of
Europe. The subjects discussed in the book include: morphosyntactic
characteristics of spontaneous spoken texts; different patterns of word order
in a pragmatic perspective; the coding of the pragmatic functions topic and
focus in sentences with non-canonical word orders (e.g. dislocations, clefts);
the range of functions of verb-subject order in declarative clauses and the
notion of theticity; prosodic patterns of de-accenting of given information;
deixis and anaphora; coding of definiteness and article systems. The book
provides the empirical basis for the comparative survey of major phenomena
found in the languages of Europe which have pragmatic relevance. Beside
traditional areas of investigation at the interface between syntax and
pragmatics such as dislocations, new areas are explored, such as the
prosody of given information. Data are considered within a functional-
typological approach.

From the Contents:

Part I: General issues

Introduction
Giuliano Bernini

Spoken and written language
Jim Miller and M.M.Jocelyne Fernandez-Vest

Part II: From function to form

Sentence topics in the languages of Europe
Elena S. Maslova and Giuliano Bernini

Focus in the languages of Europe
Jim Miller

Deixis and Anaphora
Yaron Matras and Machtelt Bolkestein

Theticity
Hans-J├╝rgen Sasse

Part III: From form to function

The de-accenting of given information: a cognitive universal?
Alan Cruttenden

Interaction of syntactic and pragmatic factors on basic word order in the
languages of Europe
Rosanna Sornicola

Articles and article systems in some areas of Europe
Christoph Schroeder

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Pragmatics
Syntax
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110157535
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 632
Prices: Europe EURO 198.00