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Contrasts and Positions in Information Structure

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Ivona Kučerová, Ad Neeleman, Daniel Büring, Hyun Kyung Hwang, Balázs Surányi, Michael Wagner, Edwin Williams, Artemis Alexiadou, Kirsten Gengel, Theodora Alexopoulou, Mary Baltazani, Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng, Laura J. Downing, Gisbert Fanselow, Stavros Skopeteas, Elisabeth Verhoeven
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  • Date Published: September 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107001985

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  • Information structure, or the way the information in a sentence is 'divided' into categories such as topic, focus, comment, background, and old versus new information, is one of the most widely-debated topics in linguistics. This volume incorporates exciting new work on the relationship between syntax and information structure. The contributors are united in rejecting accounts that assume designated syntactic positions associated with specific information-structural interpretations, and aim instead to derive information-structural conditions on word order and other phenomena from the way syntax and syntax-external systems interact. Beyond this shared aim, the authors of the various chapters advocate a number of approaches, based on different types of data (syntactic, semantic, phonological/phonetic) from a range of languages. The book is aimed at specialists in syntax and/or information structure, as well as students and linguists in related fields keen to familiarise themselves with current issues in this fascinating area of research.

    • An excellent overview of 'non-cartographic' approaches to information structure
    • Enables readers to develop a complete picture of the effects of information structure
    • Looks beyond the relatively narrow set of data discussed in standard literature to include a range of languages across the Germanic, East Asian, Romance, Slavic and Amazonian families
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107001985
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Ivona Kučerová and Ad Neeleman
    Part I. The Architecture of Grammar and the Primitives of Information Structure:
    2. Predicate integration: phrase structure or argument structure? Daniel Büring
    3. Wh-intonation and information structure in South Kyeongsang Korean and Tokyo Japanese Hyun Kyung Hwang
    4. Grammatical marking of givenness Ivona Kučerová
    5. Interface configurations: identificational focus and the flexibility of syntax Balázs Surányi
    6. Focus and givenness: a unified approach Michael Wagner
    7. The locality of focusing and the coherence of anaphors Edwin Williams
    Part II. Exploring the Interfaces: Case Studies:
    8. NP ellipsis without focus movement/projections: the role of classifiers Artemis Alexiadou and Kirsten Gengel
    9. Focus in Greek wh-questions Theodora Alexopoulou and Mary Baltazani
    10. Against FocusP: arguments from Zulu Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng and Laura J. Downing
    11. Scrambling as formal movement Gisbert Fanselow
    12. Left peripheral arguments and discourse interface strategies in Yucatec Maya Stavros Skopeteas and Elisabeth Verhoeven

  • Editors

    Ivona Kučerová, McMaster University, Ontario
    Ivona Kučerová is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at McMaster University, Ontario. She specialises in the syntax-semantics and the semantics-morphology interface.

    Ad Neeleman, University College London
    Ad Neeleman is Professor of Linguistics at University College London. His research focuses on the theory of syntax and the interaction between syntax and syntax-external systems. He has published some forty research papers and is the author of Flexible Syntax (1999) with Fred Weerman and Beyond Morphology (2004) with Peter Ackema.


    Ivona Kučerová, Ad Neeleman, Daniel Büring, Hyun Kyung Hwang, Balázs Surányi, Michael Wagner, Edwin Williams, Artemis Alexiadou, Kirsten Gengel, Theodora Alexopoulou, Mary Baltazani, Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng, Laura J. Downing, Gisbert Fanselow, Stavros Skopeteas, Elisabeth Verhoeven

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