Information-Structural Perspectives on Discourse Particles

| University of Bordeaux Montaigne
| Sorbonne University
ISBN 9789027205056 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027261465 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The articles collected in this volume offer new perspectives into the relevance of notions such as topic, antitopic, contrastive topic, focus, verum focus and theticity for the analysis of the syntax and semantics of modal particles, sentence-final particles and other medial, sentential and illocutive particles. This book addresses three great questions in a variety of languages ranging from Japanese to Mohawk, including Basque, French, German, Italian, Kazakh, Spanish and Turkish, with some insights from English and Russian. The first question is the role played by information-structural strategies such as left dislocations, clefts or the morphological marking of focus in the rise of discourse particles. In the second part, papers are concerned with the relevance of information structure for the study of polysemic and polyfunctional discourse particles. Finally, the contribution of particles to the determination of the information-structural profile of the clause is examined, as well as their role in the information-structural specification of illocutionary types. Language-specific papers alternate with comparative approaches in order to show how newer insights on information structure can help resolve some of the classical issues of the linguistic research on particles.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 213]  2020.  vi, 304 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: What can information-structural categories tell us about discourse particles?
Pierre-Yves Modicom and Olivier Duplâtre
Part I. The contribution of information structural strategies to the rise of discourse particles
Chapter 1. Discourse particle position and information structure
Marianne Mithun
Chapter 2. Information-structural properties of is that clauses
Eva-Maria Remberger
Chapter 3. Kazakh particle ğoj as an existential operator
Nadezda Christopher
Chapter 4. From focus marking to illocutionary modification: Functional developments of Italian solo ‘only’
Marco Favaro
Part II. Information structure as a factor in the interpretation of polysemic and polyfunctional particles
Chapter 5. Final or medial: Morphosyntactic and functional divergences in discourse particles of the same historical sources
Mitsuko Narita Izutsu and Katsunobu Izutsu
Chapter 6. Types and functions of wa-marked DPs and their structural distribution in a Japanese sentence
Koichiro Nakamura
Chapter 7. Is the information-structural contribution of modal particles in the syntax, in discourse structure, or in both?
Richard Waltereit
Part III. The contribution of discourse particles to the information-structural characterization of illocutionary acts
Chapter 8. Discourse particles in thetic judgments, in dependent sentences, and in non-finite phrases
Werner Abraham
Chapter 9. Information structure, null case particle and sentence final discourse particle
Yoshio Endo
Chapter 10. The discourse marker hani in Turkish
Didar Akar and Balkız Öztürk
Chapter 11. Modal particles in Basque: Two cases of interaction between ote and information structure
Sergio Monforte
Language Index
Subject Index
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019054326 | Marc record