Discourse-Related Features and Functional Projections

Paperback | February 9, 2012

bySilvio Cruschina

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In this volume Silvio Cruschina uses a comparative analysis to determine the syntax of the functional projections associated with discourse-related features, and to account for the marked word orders found in Romance-particularly in the fronting phenomena. Several language-specific analyses ofdiscourse-related phenomena have been proposed in the literature, including studies on the notions of topic and focus in Romance, but the lack of a uniform definition of these notions, together with different assumptions in relation to the triggering features, has led to the perception that theRomance languages show many distinct and heterogeneous properties with respect to dislocation and fronting constructions. This volume is intended to complement the existing literature by integrating recent work on the topic and by emphasizing original and unifying reflections that combine and coordinate diverse elements. Cruschina's investigations clarify fundamental notions such as topic, focus, and contrast, drawingon new data from Sicilian, Sardinian, and other Romance varieties.

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In this volume Silvio Cruschina uses a comparative analysis to determine the syntax of the functional projections associated with discourse-related features, and to account for the marked word orders found in Romance-particularly in the fronting phenomena. Several language-specific analyses ofdiscourse-related phenomena have been propo...

Silvio Cruschina is Research Associate at the University of Manchester.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019975960X

ISBN - 13:9780199759606

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Definition and Implementation2. Word order in Sicilian3. Focus Fronting in Romance: A comparison4. Parallels between Focus and Wh5. Information Structure in Yes/No-Questions6. ConclusionsReferences