Focus and Background in Romance Languages
Andreas Dufter | Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
Daniel Jacob | Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg
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
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
PrefaceAndreas Dufter and Daniel Jacob | p. vii
IntroductionAndreas Dufter and Daniel Jacob | pp. 1–18
Topicalization and focalization in French SI-clausesJeanne Aptekman | pp. 19–42
Discourse functions of fronted foci in Italian and SpanishLisa Brunetti | pp. 43–81
Clefting and discourse organization: Comparing Germanic and RomanceAndreas Dufter | pp. 83–121
Cleft sentences from Old Portuguese to Modern PortugueseMary Aizawa Kato and Ilza Ribeiro | pp. 123–154
Fronting and verum focus in SpanishManuel Leonetti and M. Victoria Escandell-Vidal | pp. 155–204
Additive focus particles in bilingual language acquisitionEstelle Leray | pp. 205–238
Major constituent order, information packaging, and narrative structure in two Middle French textsClaude Muller | pp. 239–279
Grammatical and contextual restrictions on focal alternativesEdgar Onea and Klaus von Heusinger | pp. 281–308
Verb placement in Old PortugueseEsther Rinke | pp. 309–332
Topic, focus, and background in Italian clausesVieri Samek-Lodovici | pp. 333–357
Index | pp. 359–362
“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.”
Elena Martínez Caro, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, in Functions of Language Vol. 18:2, 2011
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2009007669 | Marc record