Focus Structure in Generative Grammar

An integrated syntactic, semantic and intonational approach

| University of Duisburg-Essen
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The notion of focus structure in this work refers to the distinction between categorical, thetic and identificational sentences. The central claim is that the syntactic representation of every sentence has to encode which of these types of focus structure is realized. This claim is discussed in great detail with respect to syntax, intonation and semantics within the framework of the Minimalist Program. It is shown that the incorporation of focus structure into syntax offers new perspectives for a solution of vexing problems in syntax and semantics. For example, fronting (preposing, 'topicalisation') is treated as a syntactic operation which clearly belongs to core grammar, i.e. is not optional or 'stylistic'; the semantic notion of quantifier raising is dispensed with in favour of a focus structural treatment of phenomena which gave rise to it. The book appeals to generative linguists and to functional linguists who do not believe in an unbridgeable gap between the formal and functional analysis of language.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 68]  2004.  x, 432 pp.
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Table of Contents
Abbreviations
ix
I. Introduction and overview
1
II. The syntactic framework and the FocP-hypothesis
11
III. A review of previous work
45
IV. Information structure and focus structure
75
V. Features, checking theory and semantic implications
109
VI. Intonational aspects of the FocP-hypothesis
129
VII. FocP-related English syntax
157
VIII. Semantic issues related to the FocP-hypothesis
233
IX. Aspects of the syntax of languages other than English
287
X. Summary and general conclusion
333
Notes
339
References
393
Appendix: Schematic F0 contours
417
Name Index
419
Subject Index
425
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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