Focus Realization in Romance and Beyond

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What are the linguistic means for expressing different types of foci such as (narrow) information focus and contrastive focus in Romance languages, and why are there such differing views on such a presumably clear-cut research subject? Bringing together original expert work from a variety of linguistic disciplines and perspectives such as language acquisition and language contact, this volume provides a state-of-the-art discussion on central issues of focus realization. These include the interaction between prosody, syntax, and pragmatics, the typology of word order and intonation languages, the differentiation between focus and related notions such as contrast and presupposed modality, and the role of synchronic variation and change. The studies presented in this volume cover a broad range of Romance languages, including French, Italian, Portuguese, and different varieties of Spanish. Moreover, the book also offers new insights into non-Romance languages such as English, German, and Quechua.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 201]  2018.  viii, 391 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface
vii–viii
Chapter 1. Introduction: Core issues of focus realization in Romance
Melanie Uth and Marco García García
1–30
Part I. Prosody and word order
Chapter 2. Language variation at the prosody-syntax interface: Focus in European Spanish
Maria del Mar Vanrell and Olga Fernández-Soriano
33–70
Chapter 3. Focus realization at the prosody-syntax interface: Yucatecan Spanish opposed to Standard Mexican Spanish
Melanie Uth
71–98
Chapter 4. Acceptability and frequency in Spanish focus marking
Steffen Heidinger
99–128
Part II. Prosody, focus, and related pragmatic functions
Chapter 5. Prosodic nuclear patterns in narrow and broad focus utterances: Pragmatic and social factors in Central Mexican Spanish
Pedro Martín Butragueño and Érika Mendoza Vázquez
131–172
Chapter 6. Distinguishing contrast and focus at PF: A view from Italian
Jacopo Torregrossa
173–200
Part III. Modality and exclamatives
Chapter 7. Presupposed modality
Uli Reich
203–228
Chapter 8. NP exclamatives and focus
Marco García García
229–252
Part IV. Cleft constructions
Chapter 9. Adverbial cleft sentences in Italian, French and English: A comparative perspective
Anna-Maria De Cesare Greenwald and Davide Garassino
255–286
Chapter 10. Cleft sentences in the history of French and English: A case of pragmatic borrowing?
Carola Trips and Achim Stein
287–310
Part V. Focus and language acquisition
Chapter 11. Developing strategies for encoding additive and contrastive relations in French and German child narratives
Christine Dimroth and Sandra Benazzo
313–356
Chapter 12. Focus, prosody, and subject positions in L3 Spanish: Analyzing data from German learners with Italian and European Portuguese as heritage languages
Christoph Gabriel and Jonas Grünke
357–386
Index
387–392
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF/2AD – Linguistics/Romance, Italic & Rhaeto-Romanic languages
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018027601