The Dynamics of Focus Structure
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Dynamics of Focus Structure by Nomi Erteschik-Shir
Book DescriptionIn this book, Nomi Erteschik-Shir develops a new theory of focus structure, integrating insights from syntax, semantics, phonology and pragmatics. She explores the role of focus structure in grammar, examining the interface between focus structure and syntax, the semantics of focus structure and the intonation associated with it. Dr Shir defines a grammatical level of f-structure (focus structure) which is an annotated s-structure in which topic and focus constituents are marked. F-structure feeds both PF (Phonological Form) and semantics and is sensitive to lexical information. Dr Shir argues that f-structure and not LF (Logical Form) is the input to a semantic rule of predication. One of the major results of Dr Shir's analysis is that wh-movement turns out to be subject to the same constraint which accounts for anaphora and other subject-object asymmetries.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521592178
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nomi Erteschik-Shir
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In this book leading scholars address the issues surrounding the syntax-phonology interface. These principally concern whether the phonological component can influence syntax and if so how far and in what ways.
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Dynamics of Focus Structure, Paperback (February 2006)
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Syntax of Aspect, Paperback (May 2005)» View all books by Nomi Erteschik-Shir
Investigates the way grammar deals with the representation of aspectual (aktionsart) concepts, focussing on issues of the lexicon-syntax interface. Various theories are developed in this collection, including those that take as their starting point the lexical-syntactic framework of Hale and Keyser.
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