On Information Structure, Meaning and Form

Generalizations across languages

| ZAS, Berlin
| University of Tuebingen
ISBN 9789027233646 | EUR 140.00 | USD 210.00
ISBN 9789027292643 | EUR 140.00 | USD 210.00
This collection of articles offers a new and compelling perspective on the interface connecting syntax, phonology, semantics and pragmatics. At the core of this volume is the hypothesis that information structure represents the common interface of these grammatical components. Information structure is investigated here from different theoretical viewpoints yielding typologically relevant information and structural generalizations. In the volume's introductory chapter, the editors identify two central approaches to information structure: the formal and the interpretive view. The remainder of the book is organized accordingly. The first part examines information structure and grammar, concentrating on generalizations across languages. The second part investigates information structure and pragmatics, concentrating on clause structure and context. Through concrete analyses of topic, focus, and related phenomena across different languages, the contributors add new and convincing evidence to the research on information structure.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 100]  2007.  vii, 570 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
On Information Structure, Meaning and Form: Generalizations Across Languages
Kerstin Schwabe and Susanne Winkler
Part I Information structure and grammar: Generalizations across languages
Phases and the typology of focus constructions
Hans Bernhard Drubig
1.1 Topics and topicalization across languages
The prosody of topicalization
Caroline Féry
Types of topics in German and Italian
Mara Frascarelli and Roland Hinterhölzl
The Korean particle nun, the English fall-rise accent, and thetic/categorical judgements
Jorunn Hetland
Topicalization in Malagasy, Tagalog and Tsou
Paul Law
On the discourse configurationality of West Germanic
László Molnárfi
Topic, focus and default vs. contrastive accent: typological differences with respect to discourse prominence
Werner Abraham
1.2 Focus and focus movement across languages
Identifying inferences in focus
Dan Wedgwood
Focus structure and the interpretation of multiple questions
Balázs Surányi
Focus structure, movement to spec-Foc and syntactic processing
Carsten Breul
Focus and marked positions for VP adverbs
Edward Göbbel
Ellipsis and inversion: A feature-based focus account
Remus Gergel, Kirsten Gengel and Susanne Winkler
Subject/object-asymmetry in Northern Sotho
Sabine Zerbian
Wide focus interpretation with fronted focus exponents in Czech
Denisa Lenertová and Uwe Junghanns
In place — out of place? Focus strategies in Hausa
Katharina Hartmann and Malte Zimmermann
Part II Information structure and pragmatics: Clause structure and context
Instructions for interpretation as separate performatives
Paul Portner
Interrogative complement clauses
Kerstin Schwabe
The syntax and pragmatics of embedded yes/no questions
Regine Eckardt
Toward a uniform analysis of short answers and gapping
Ingo Reich
Alternative Semantics for definite NPs
Klaus von Heusinger
The information structure of bare plurals in English and Italian
Ariel Cohen
Name index
Subject index
On Information Structure, Meaning and Form is an attractive collection of papers which addresses the interfaces of information structure from both the formal perspective (prosody, morphosyntax) and the interpretive perspective (semantics, pragmatics). The book not only shows that information structure is essential in all disciplines of linguistics, but also demonstrates how information structure may be linked to the various areas of linguistic research and how this link can be formalised. In doing so, it fits in the recently increased interest in information structure and contributes to the ongoing discussions in the study of information structure itself and the way it interfaces with semantics, pragmatics, phonology and morphosyntax.”
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