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Title: Information Structure and its Interfaces
Edited By: Lunella Mereu
URL: http://degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110208771-1
Series Title: Interface Explorations 19

The volume presents recent results in the field of Information Structure
based on research on Italian and Italian dialects, and on further studies
on several typologically different languages. The central idea is that
Information Structure is not an exclusive matter of syntax but an interface
issue which involves the interplay of at least the phonological,
morpho-syntactic and semantic-pragmatic levels of analysis. In addition,
the volume is based on the study of actual language use and it adopts a
cross-linguistic point of view.

From the contents:

Section 1. Interfaces of information structure
Topic accent and prosodic structure, Claudia Crocco - The prosodic
annotation of C-ORAL-ROM and the structure of information in spoken
language, Antonietta Scarano - Universals of information structure, Lunella

Section 2. Grammar and information structure in Italian and some of its
Constructions with preposed infinitive: Typological and pragmatic notes,
Giuliano Bernini - Negation and “Focus Clash” in Sardinian, Franck Floricic
- Do-support in a Sicilian variety, an Italian pseudo-cleft, and the
packaging of information, Ignazio Mauro Mirto - Clitics and anaphoric
relations in informational patterning: A corpusdriven research on
spontaneous spoken Italian (C-ORAL-ROM), Emanuela Cresti - The
informational structure and the scope of lexical modality in spoken Italian
(C-ORAL-ROM), Ida Tucci

Section 3. Diachronic aspects in Italian
On two functions of verb-subject order in Old Italian, Ludwig Fesenmeier -
Between thematicity and grammaticalisation: The diachronic rearrangement of
information structure and the position of clitic pronouns in Italian,
Shingo Suzuki

Section 4. Pragmatically oriented languages
Information structure in Slavic languages, Lucyna Gebert - Position,
function and interpretation of topics in Somali, Mara Frascarelli and
Annarita Puglielli

Section 5. Some more aspects of information structure
Acquiring the grammar of topicality in L2 Italian: A comparative approach,
Marina Chini - “Appendix” or “postposed Topic”: Where does the difference
lie?, Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110213973
Pages: 429
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Pages: 429
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110213973
Pages: 429
Prices: U.S. $ 140.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110208771
Pages: 429
Prices: U.S. $ 140.00