Perspectives on Linguistic Structure and Context

Studies in honor of Knud Lambrecht

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  • Editors: Stacey Katz Bourns1, and Lindsy L. Myers2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027270597

In this tribute to Knud Lambrecht, a pioneer of Information Structure, a diverse group of scholars examines the intersection of syntax, discourse, pragmatics, and semantics. The six chapters in the first section of the volume consider issues of grammar with new theoretical and applied insights, pertaining to grammatical constructions such as left dislocation, unaccusatives, null complements, and passives. While the first half of the book presents studies involving a range of languages from Russian to Irish to Italian, the second section is dedicated to papers focused on French. These five chapters feature the application of Construction Grammar and/or Information Structure frameworks to prosody and second language processing, as well as to several distinctive spoken French constructions: clefts, left dislocations, and interrogatives. Collectively, this book offers substantial reading for those interested in the juncture of structure and context, notably a critical take on the important legacy of a preeminent linguist.

Subjects: Syntax; Pragmatics; Theoretical linguistics; Romance linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Harvard University; 2: University of Missouri, Kansas City

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