A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure Luis López

ISBN: 9780199557400

Published: May 1st 2009

Hardcover

293 pages


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A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure  by  Luis  López

A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure by Luis López
May 1st 2009 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 293 pages | ISBN: 9780199557400 | 4.17 Mb

In this volume, Luis Lopez sheds new light on information structure and makes a significant contribution to work on grammatical operations in the Minimalist Program. Through a careful analysis of dislocations and focus fronting in Romance, the authorMoreIn this volume, Luis Lopez sheds new light on information structure and makes a significant contribution to work on grammatical operations in the Minimalist Program.

Through a careful analysis of dislocations and focus fronting in Romance, the author shows that notions such as topic and focus, as usually defined, yield no predictions and proposes instead a feature system based on the notions discourse anaphor and contrast.

He presents a detailed model of syntax---information-structure interaction and argues that this interaction takes place at the phase level, with a privileged role for the edge of the phase. Further, he investigates phenomena concerning the syntax of objects in Romance and Germanic - accusative A, p-movement, clitic doubling, scrambling, object shift - and shows that there are cross-linguistic correlations between syntactic configuration and specificity, independent of discourse connectedness.

The volume ends with an extended analysis of the syntax of dislocations in Romance.



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