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Title: The Expression of Information Structure
Subtitle: A documentation of its diversity across Africa
Edited By: Ines Fiedler
Anne Schwarz
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2091
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 91
Description:

This book analyzes the different patterns found across subsaharan Africa to
express information structure. Based on languages from all four African
language phyla, it documents the great diversity of linguistic means used
to encode information-structural phenomena and is therefore highly relevant
for some of the most pertinent questions in modern linguistic theory. The
special contribution of this volume is the perspective on a variety of
information-structurally related phenomena which go far beyond classical
notions such as focus and topic. Detailed investigations are dedicated to
so far less discussed focal subcategories, like focus on verbal operators
or the thetic-categorical distinction. Finally, the information-structural
configuration of unmarked, canonical sentence structures is recognized. The
papers provide evidence that the formal means to encode
information-structural categories range from means such as morphological
markers or syntactic operations, famous in linguistics, to less well-known
strategies, such as defocalization rather than focalization.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Morphology
Syntax
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ISBN-13: 9789027288424
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ISBN-13: 9789027206725
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