Information Structure and Agreement
This collection consists of thirteen contributions focusing on the latest trends of information structure and agreement, couched in the most current developments of Minimalism, Cartography, and Optimality. Some chapters focus on the syntax of information structure in relation with the position occupied by different constituents in the CP domain and their interpretation such as the distinction between contrastive and corrective focus; the inclusion of given information in focus; the interplay of information structure and binding; the relative position of complementisers; and discourse-based constituents in the left periphery. Information structure is also analysed with regards to prominence phenomena at word level. Other chapters deal with the notion of agreement and its role in the syntax of specific constructions such as applicatives, correlatives, or different types of CP like relatives or embedded interrogatives. This selection of papers was originally presented at the 21st Colloquium on Generative Grammar, held at the University of Seville in April 2011.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 197] 2013. vi, 376 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Information structure, agreement and CPVictoria Camacho-Taboada, Ángel L. Jiménez-Fernández, Javier Martín-González and Mariano Reyes-Tejedor | pp. 1–10
The complementiser system in spoken English: Evidence from broadcast mediaAndrew Radford | pp. 11–54
‘Phasing’ contrast at the interfaces: A feature-compositional approach to TopicsMara Frascarelli and Francesca Ramaglia | pp. 55–82
The alternation between improper indirect questions and DPs containing a restrictive relativeGabriela Matos and Ana Maria Brito | pp. 83–116
Referentiality in Spanish CPsCarlos de Cuba and Jonathan E. MacDonald | pp. 117–140
Binding at the syntax-information structure interfaceKaren Lahousse | pp. 141–174
Deriving “wh-in-situ” through movement in Brazilian PortugueseMary Aizawa Kato | pp. 175–192
On ‘focus movement’ in ItalianValentina Bianchi | pp. 193–216
Clause-typing by  – the loss of the 2nd person pronoun du 'you' in Dutch, Frisian and Limburgian dialectsGertjan Postma | pp. 217–254
Degree phrase raising in relative clausesAdam Szczegielniak | pp. 255–274
Low, high and higher applicatives: Evidence from Pazar LazBalkız Öztürk | pp. 275–296
On richness of tense and verb movement in Brazilian PortugueseSonia M. L. Cyrino | pp. 297–318
Vocalic adjustments under positional markedness in Catalan and other Romance languagesJesús Jiménez and Maria-Rosa Lloret | pp. 319–336
On sloppy readings, ellipsis and pronouns: Missing arguments in Catalan Sign Language (LSC) and other argument-drop languagesJosep Quer and Joana Rosselló Ximenes | pp. 337–370
Index | pp. 371–376
“Just as the study of semantics, long neglected, fundamentally transformed linguistic theory, the study of the interaction between syntax and information structure, though in its infancy, is starting to show genuine results that ultimately may very well have the same effect in changing the direction of linguistic theory. This volume contains a number of studies that hint at how that might happen. With Rizzi’s work often forming the frame for exploration, each article shows a way to reveal something about the structure of a sentence by making reference to the informational structure of the expression. There are articles that focus on other matters, such as agreement, but anyone serious about studying syntax with information structure in mind should find this volume enormously helpful and interesting.”
Shigeru Miyagawa, MIT
“This state-of-the-art collection of essays offers new insights into the nature of the relation between information structure and syntax, the internal structure of the CP domain, and the role of agreement on a number of syntactic phenomena. Recent theoretical approaches to these hotly debated issues are evaluated against detailed empirical investigation drawn from a broad range of languages.”
Pilar Barbosa, University of Minho
Cited by 6 other publications
Delfitto, Denis & Gaetano Fiorin
2015. Exhaustivity operators and fronted focus in Italian. In Structures, Strategies and Beyond [Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 223], ► pp. 163 ff.
Munaro, Nicola & Cecilia Poletto
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