Focus and Background in Romance Languages

| Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
| Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg
ISBN 9789027205797 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027289520 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Focus–background structure has taken center stage in much current theorizing about sentence prosody, syntax, and semantics. However, both the inventory of focus expressions found cross-linguistically and the interpretive consequences associated with each of these continue to be insufficiently described. This volume aims at providing new observations on the availability and the use of focus markings in Romance languages. In doing so, it documents the plurality of research on focus in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and Romanian. Topics covered include constituent fronting and clefting, the position of subjects and focus particles, clitic doubling of objects, and information packaging in complex sentences. In addition, some contributions explore focus–background structure from acquisitional and diachronic angles, while others adopt a comparative perspective, studying differences between individual Romance and Germanic languages. Therefore, this volume is of interest to a broad audience within linguistics, including syntacticians, semanticists, and historical linguists.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 112]  2009.  vii, 362 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Andreas Dufter and Daniel Jacob
Andreas Dufter and Daniel Jacob
Topicalization and focalization in French SI-clauses
Jeanne Aptekman
Discourse functions of fronted foci in Italian and Spanish
Lisa Brunetti
Clefting and discourse organization: Comparing Germanic and Romance
Andreas Dufter
Cleft sentences from Old Portuguese to Modern Portuguese
Mary Aizawa Kato and Ilza Ribeiro
Fronting and verum focus in Spanish
Manuel Leonetti and M. Victoria Escandell-Vidal
Additive focus particles in bilingual language acquisition
Estelle Leray
Major constituent order, information packaging, and narrative structure in two Middle French texts
Claude Muller
Grammatical and contextual restrictions on focal alternatives
Edgar Onea and Klaus von Heusinger
Verb placement in Old Portuguese
Esther Rinke
Topic, focus, and background in Italian clauses
Vieri Samek-Lodovici
“Overall, this is a very useful book for those interested in the field of information structure and the focus-background distinction. It gives the reader a chance to get intersting ideas from the current research in this area and to explore basic concepts and issues dealing with more recent theories of focus.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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