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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 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 Rom

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199557417
ISBN-10: 0199557411
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 157mm x 18mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Luis Lopez

Luis Lopez is Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is the author of Locality and the Architecture of Syntactic Dependencies (2007) and co-editor, along with Rafael Nunez-Cedeno and Richard Cameron, of Language Knowledge and Language Use (2004).

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