Cleft Structures

| Universität Wien
| ZAS Berlin
ISBN 9789027255914 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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The phenomenon of clefts is beyond doubt a golden oldie. It has captivated linguists of different disciplines for decades. The fascination arises from the unique syntax of clefts in interaction with their pragmatic and semantic interpretation. Clefts structure sentences according to the information state of the constituents contained in them. They are special as they exhibit a rather uncommon syntactic form to achieve the separation of the prominent part, either focal or topical, from the background of the clause. Despite the long-lasting interest in clefts, linguists have not yet come to an agreement on many basic questions. The articles contained in this volume address these issues from new theoretical and empirical perspectives. Based on data from about 50 languages from all over the world, this volume presents new arguments for the proper derivation of clefts, and contributes to the ongoing debate on the information-structural impact of cleft structures. Theoretically, it combines modern syntactic theorizing with investigations at the interface between grammar and information-structure.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 208]  2013.  viii, 348 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Katharina Hartmann and Tonjes Veenstra
Part I. Specificational/predicational clefts
Predication and specification in the syntax of cleft sentences
Marcel den Dikken
Wh-clefts and verb-initial word order in Austronesian languages
Edith Aldridge
(Pseudo)clefts at the syntax-prosody-discourse interface
Mara Frascarelli and Francesca Ramaglia
Part II. Monoclausal/biclausal analyses
Clefts in Durban Zulu
Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng and Laura J. Downing
The cleft pronoun and cleft clause in English
Matthew Reeve
The morphosyntax of wolof clefts: Structure and movement
Harold Torrence
Part III. The focus potential of clefts
Multiple focus and cleft sentences
Nancy Hedberg
Recursion of FocP in Malayalam
Rosmin Mathew
Multiple Wh-questions and the cleft construction in Malayalam
Punnapurath Madhavan
Cleft partitionings in Japanese, Burmese and Chinese
Daniel Hole and Malte Zimmermann
Italian clefts and the licensing of infinitival subject relatives
Petra Sleeman
Language index
Subject index
“Cleft constructions are ubiquitous in languages, and their analysis is relevant to just about every aspect of theoretical linguistic investigation from prosody to pragmatics. This book discusses an impressive array of cleft constructions in different languages and language families: Autronesian (Seediq, Niuean, Tagalog, Malagasy, Fijian), Bantu (Zulu), Dravidian (Malayalam), Indo-European (Italian, French, English, Dutch), Japonic/Altaic (Japanese), Niger-Congo (Wolof), and Sino-Tibetan (Burmese, Mandarin). Hartmann and Veenstra’s comprehensive and enlightening introduction is lucid and thorough, emphasizing all the myriad respects in which cleft constructions are challenging for theoretical analysis, including typological variation in structure, prosody, interpretation and use. Almost all the chapters in the book undertake comparative analysis and together, all the chapters introduce a wealth of new data for consideration. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in linguistic interfaces and analysis.”
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2020.  In Information-Structural Perspectives on Discourse Particles [Studies in Language Companion Series, 213],  pp. 72 ff. Crossref logo
2017. Second language acquisition of pragmatic inferences: Evidence from the Frenchc'est-cleft. Applied Psycholinguistics 38:3  pp. 703 ff. Crossref logo
Gheorghe, Mihaela
2017. (Pseudo)cleft constructions in old Romanian. Diacronia :6 Crossref logo
Gheorghe, Mihaela
2017. Construcții (pseudo)scindate în româna veche. Diacronia :6 Crossref logo
Güldemann, Tom, Sabine Zerbian & Malte Zimmermann
2015. Variation in Information Structure with Special Reference to Africa. Annual Review of Linguistics 1:1  pp. 155 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
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