Information Structure: Theoretical, Typological, and Experimental Perspectives

Hardcover | November 15, 2009

EditorMalte Zimmermann, Caroline Fery

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In this book leading scholars provide state-of-the-art overviews of approaches to the formal expression of information structure in natural language and its interaction with general principles of human cognition and communication. They present critical accounts of current understanding of howaspects of grammar, such as prosody, syntax, morphology, semantics, and pragmatics, interact in the packing and unpacking of information in communication. They also look at the psycholinguistics behind the production and perception of information-structural categories. The book reflects the advancesin recent research on all central aspects of the subject, including concepts of focus versus background, topic versus comment, and given versus new, and the kinds of inferences required to make sense of different combinations of words, syntax, intonation, and context. The chapters includetypological and diachronic perspectives on information structure. Taken as a whole the book demonstrates the productive value of combiningtheoretical and experimental approaches.

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In this book leading scholars provide state-of-the-art overviews of approaches to the formal expression of information structure in natural language and its interaction with general principles of human cognition and communication. They present critical accounts of current understanding of howaspects of grammar, such as prosody, syntax,...

Malte Zimmermann and Caroline Fery are Professors of Linguistics at the University of Potsdam. Professor Zimmermann's research interests are in quantification and focus. His published work includes articles in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory and Natural Language Semantics. Professor Fery has published extensively in all aspects...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Malte Zimmermann and Caroline Fery: IntroductionPart I Topic and Focus2. Mats Rooth: Second Occurrence Focus and Relativized Stress F3. Caroline Fery and Shinichiro Ishihara: How Focus and Givenness Shape Prosody4. Katalin E Kiss: Structural Focus and Exhaustivity5. Cornelia Endriss and Stefan Hinterwimmer: The Interpretation of Topical Indefinites as Direct and Indirect Aboutness Topics6. Satoshi Tomioka: Contrastive Topics Operate on Speech Acts7. Brian Reese and Nicholas Asher: Biased Questions, Intonation, and DiscoursePart II Cross-linguistic Variation and Diachronic Change8. Daniel Buring: Towards a Typology of Focus Realization9. Larry M. Hyman and Maria Polinsky: Focus in Aghem10. Ines Fiedler, Katharina Hartmann, Brigitte Reineke, Anne Schwarz, and Malte Zimmermann: Subject Focus in West African Languaegs11. Thorbjorg Hroarsdottir: Information Structure and OV Order12. Roland Hinterholzl: Information Structure and Unmarked Word Order in (Older) GermanicPart III Experimental and Psycholinguistic Approaches to Information Structure13. Stavros Skopeteas and Gisbert Fanselow: Effects of Givenness and Constraints on Free Word order14. Elsi Kaiser: Investigating Effects on Structural and Information-Structural Factors on Pronoun Resolution15. Robin Hornig and Thomas Weskott: Given and New Information in Spatial Statements