Information Structure and Syntactic Change in Germanic and Romance Languages

| University of Oslo
| University of Oslo
ISBN 9789027255969 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027270467 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
The contributions of this volume offer new perspectives on the relation between syntax and information structure in the history of Germanic and Romance languages, focusing on English, German, Norwegian, French, Spanish and Portuguese, and both from a synchronic and a diachronic perspective. In addition to discussing changes in individual languages along the syntax–information structure axis, the volume also makes a point of comparing and contrasting different languages with respect to the interplay between syntax and information structure. Since the creation of increasingly sophisticated annotated corpora of historical texts is on the agenda in many research environments, methods and schemes for information structure annotation and analysis of historical texts from a theoretical and applied perspective are discussed.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 213]  2014.  vii, 421 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Information structure and syntax in old Germanic and Romance languages
Kristin Bech and Kristine Gunn Eide
Part I. Information-structural categories and corpus annotation
The theoretical foundations of givenness annotation
Dag T.T. Haug, Hanne Martine Eckhoff and Eirik Welo
Testing the theory: Information structure in Old English
Ann Taylor and Susan Pintzuk
Part II. Changes on the interface between syntax and information structure
Quantifying information structure change in English
Erwin R. Komen, Rosanne Hebing, Ans M.C. van Kemenade and Bettelou Los
Tracing overlap in function in historical corpora: A case study of English object fronting and passivization
Gea Dreschler
Referential properties of the full and reduced forms of the definite article in German: A diachronic survey
Marco Coniglio and Eva Schlachter
The cognitive status of null subject referents in Old Norse and their Modern Norwegian counterparts
Kari Kinn
Part III. Comparisons on the interface between syntax and information structure
Word order variation in late Middle English: The effect of information structure and audience design
Tamás Eitler and Marit Westergaard
Preverbal word order in Old English and Old French
Kristin Bech and Christine Meklenborg Salvesen
Formal properties of event-reporting sentences in Old High German and Old French
Svetlana Petrova and Esther Rinke
Subjects and objects in Germanic and Romance
Jan Terje Faarlund and Kristin Hagemann
Object position and Heavy NP Shift in Old Saxon and beyond
George Walkden
On the interaction between syntax, prosody and information structure: An interface approach to word order developments in Germanic
Roland Hinterhölzl
Contrastivity and information structure in the old Ibero-Romance languages
Kristine Gunn Eide and Ioanna Sitaridou
Index of languages
Databases and annotation schemes
Word index
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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2014000307 | Marc record