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Books: Contrasts and Positions in Information Structure: Kucerova, Neeleman (Eds)

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Title: Contrasts and Positions in Information StructurePublication Year: 2012Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: Ivona KucerovaEditor: Ad Neeleman

Hardback: ISBN: 9781107001985 Pages: 354 Price: U.S. $ 110.00


Information structure, or the way the information in a sentence is 'divided'into categories such as topic, focus, comment, background, and old versus newinformation, is one of the most widely-debated topics in linguistics. Thisvolume incorporates exciting new work on the relationship between syntax andinformation structure. The contributors are united in rejecting accounts thatassume designated syntactic positions associated with specificinformation-structural interpretations, and aim instead to deriveinformation-structural conditions on word order and other phenomena from theway syntax and syntax-external systems interact. Beyond this shared aim, theauthors of the various chapters advocate a number of approaches, based ondifferent types of data (syntactic, semantic, phonological/phonetic) from arange of languages. The book is aimed at specialists in syntax and/orinformation structure, as well as students and linguists in related fieldskeen to familiarise themselves with current issues in this fascinating area ofresearch.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Ivona Kučerová and Ad NeelemanPart I. The Architecture of Grammar and the Primitives of InformationStructure: 2. Predicate integration: phrase structure or argument structure?Daniel Büring3. Wh-intonation and information structure in South Kyeongsang Korean andTokyo Japanese Hyun Kyung Hwang4. Grammatical marking of givenness Ivona Kučerová5. Interface configurations: identificational focus and the flexibility ofsyntax Balázs Surányi6. Focus and givenness: a unified approach Michael Wagner7. The locality of focusing and the coherence of anaphors Edwin Williams

Part II. Exploring the Interfaces: Case Studies: 8. NP ellipsis without focusmovement/projections: the role of classifiers Artemis Alexiadou and KirstenGengel9. Focus in Greek wh-questions Theodora Alexopoulou and Mary Baltazani10. Against FocusP: arguments from Zulu Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng and Laura J.Downing11. Scrambling as formal movement Gisbert Fanselow12. Left peripheral arguments and discourse interface strategies in YucatecMaya Stavros Skopeteas and Elisabeth Verhoeven


Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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