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LINGUIST List 23.1597

Thu Mar 29 2012

Books: Discourse-Related Features and Functional Projections: Cruschina

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>


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Date: 29-Mar-2012
From: Jessica Prudhomme <jessica.prudhommeoup.com>
Subject: Discourse-Related Features and Functional Projections: Cruschina
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Title: Discourse-Related Features and Functional Projections
Published: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Linguistics/SyntaxMorphology/~~/dmlldz11c2EmY2k9OTc4MD

Author: Silvio Cruschina
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199759606 Pages: 268 Price: U.S. $ 45.00
Abstract:

In this volume Silvio Cruschina uses a comparative analysis to determine the
syntax of the functional projections associated with discourse-related features,
and to account for the marked word orders found in Romance-particularly in the
fronting phenomena. Several language-specific analyses of discourse-related
phenomena have been proposed in the literature, including studies on the
notions of topic and focus in Romance, but the lack of a uniform definition of
these notions, together with different assumptions in relation to the triggering
features, has led to the perception that the Romance languages show many
distinct and heterogeneous properties with respect to dislocation and fronting
constructions. This volume is intended to complement the existing literature by
integrating recent work on the topic and by emphasizing original and unifying
reflections that combine and coordinate diverse elements. Cruschina's
investigations clarify fundamental notions such as topic, focus, and contrast,
drawing on new data from Sicilian, Sardinian, and other Romance varieties.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Syntax
Language Family(ies): Romance

Written In: English (eng)

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