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Title: Diachronic Studies on Information Structure
Subtitle: Language Acquisition and Change
Edited By: Gisella Farraresi
Rosemarie Lühr
Series Title: Language, Context and Cognition 10

In the last few years a lively discussion on information packaging has arisen,
where traditional dichotomies Theme/Rheme, Topic/Comment and
Focus/Background have been taken up again and partly reinterpreted. The
discussion is mainly being held in syntax, but also in the fields of semantics
and pragmatics. Some remarkable progress has been made especially in
Focus phonology.

Even if the role of information conveying and information packaging in the
Indoeuropean languages was hinted at as early as in the classical studies of
the Neogrammarians, this field has remained neglected in today's historical
linguistics. This volume tries to partly cover this lack with a sample of papers
which offer a various range of new empirical data analyzed from the point of
view of information structure. The novelty of the papers consists in the
modern theoretical perspective from which the data are analyzed and in the
various phenomena considered, which range from the rise of clitic elements
to word order change and verb movement.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Generative Linguistics
Language Change
Language Family(ies): Indo-European
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110227475
Pages: 217
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
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ISBN-13: 9783110227468
Pages: 217
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