The Grammar of Focus

| University of Paris III - Sorbonne nouvelle
| University of Tours
ISBN 9789027227454 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
ISBN 9781556199080 (USA) | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027299284 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
The grammar of focus has been studied in generative grammar from its inception. It has been the subject of intense, detailed cross-linguistic investigation for over 20 years, particularly within the Principles and Parameters framework. It is appropriate at this point, therefore, to take stock. Appraisal at this particular point is all the more legitimate because it comes at a time of general evaluation of the results of the profound activity that has characterized the Principles and Parameters framework. This general assessment has produced a radical new direction within that framework.
The volume starts off with an introductory chapter that aims to provide an outline for the assessment, to be followed by an overview of the evolution of the study of focus in generative grammar, and a recapitulation of the principal issues associated with focus. These issues are taken up in the remaining chapters of the book, where various grammatical means of marking focus (as well as grammaticalization of focus marking) are analyzed in a wide variety of languages.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 24]  1999.  vi, 366 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
The Grammar of Focus: An Introduction
Georges Rebuschi and Laurice Tuller
Aspects of the Syntax of Focus in Portuguese
Manuela Ambar
Bound Focus or How can Association with Focus be Achieved without Going Semantically Astray?
Josef Bayer
Are There Cleft Sentences in French?
Anne Clech-Darbon, Georges Rebuschi and Annie Rialland
Focus Structure and Scope
Nomi Erteschik-Shir
The Interaction between Focus and Tone in Bantu
Larry M. Hyman
The Syntax of the P-Focus Position in Turkish
Sarah D. Kennelly
Word Order and Focus Positions in Universal Grammar
Ayesha Kidwai
Focus in Wolof: A Study of What Morphology May Do to Syntax
Alain Kihm
Focus in Somali
Jacqueline Lecarme
Focus in Basque
Jon Ortiz de Urbina
Focus and Arabic Clefts
Jamal Ouhalla
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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