The Syntax-Information Structure Interface
By (author) Eugenia Casielles-Suarez
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Syntax-Information Structure Interface by Eugenia Casielles-Suarez
Book DescriptionIn the last decade, the notions of topic and focus have come to play an increasingly relevant role in theoretical linguistics. Although these notions are often taken for granted, they are still poorly understood. This study offers a detailed analysis of the precise definitions of these and related terms (theme, topic, background, given information, focus, contrast, etc.) as well as of their combination into information structures such as the topic-focus and background-focus articulations. It recommends pursuing a feature-based typology of topics and argues against a dual nature of focus (i.e. presentational vs. contrastive). Central questions addressed are the analysis of subjects in Spanish and English (DP vs NP and null vs. preverbal vs. postverbal) and the nature of constructions such as topicalization, left-dislocation, and focus preposing. Further, it is proposed that in Spanish information structure can be read off the syntax: while an overt DP in the preverbal specifier subject position is interpreted as the topic in a topic-focus articulation, one or more left-or right-dislocated phrases are interpreted as part of the background in background-focus/focus-background structures.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415970952
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Eugenia Casielles-Suarez
Syntax-Information Structure Interface, Paperback (March 2012)» View all books by Eugenia Casielles-Suarez
First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Author Biography - Eugenia Casielles-Suarez
Eugenia Casielles-Suarez received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently teaches at Wayne State University.
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