A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure (Studies in by Luis López

By Luis López

During this quantity, Luis L?pez sheds new mild on details constitution and makes an important contribution to paintings on grammatical operations within the Minimalist software. via a cautious research of dislocations and concentration fronting in Romance, the writer exhibits that notions corresponding to 'topic' and 'focus', as often outlined, yield no predictions and proposes in its place a function method according to the notions 'discourse anaphor' and 'contrast'. He provides an in depth version of syntax---information-structure interplay and argues that this interplay happens on the section point, with a privileged function for the sting of the section. extra, he investigates phenomena in regards to the syntax of items in Romance and Germanic - accusative A, p-movement, clitic doubling, scrambling, item shift - and exhibits that there are cross-linguistic correlations among syntactic configuration and specificity, autonomous of discourse connectedness. the quantity ends with a longer research of the syntax of dislocations in Romance.

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Choi (1997) and Villalba (2000) used them before. Their systems, however, are markedly diVerent from mine. Information structure 39 antecedent. 12 Clauses 2 and 3 have not been discussed in the literature on dislocations, as far as I know. Clause 2 says that a dislocate will associate with the closest available antecedent. Structural asymmetry between antecedent and anaphor has been abundantly explored in the realm of sentence level anaphors and it has successfully been captured with the concept of c-command (Reinhart 1983).

Pick the card for ‘john’ from the top of the Wle. 2. Enter the information ‘he likes cake’ on the card for ‘john’ (this is the update). 3. Open a new card, label it ‘cake’. Put it on top. 4. Enter ‘john likes it’ on this card (another update). It is important to note here that this approach to the notion ‘‘topic’’ does not render the notion equivalent to ‘‘anaphor’’. I deWne an anaphor as a constituent that necessarily looks for an antecedent in the previous discourse or the immediate context (See p.

Part parlarem. pl. ‘Look, I already told you that we leave the furniture at home. ’ Notice that in all these examples, CLLDed constituents come in pairs—in fact, they form symmetric contrasts. This is, as a matter of fact, the most natural way of using CLLD. 51) Context: What did you do with the pen? ’ el the boli. pen When CLLD is used in this type of context, the hearer expects a continuation. Without this continuation, the hearer needs to Wnd some way to accommodate an alternative set (although, to be fair, this accommodation is easy to carry out).

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