Information Structure and Reference Tracking in Complex Sentences

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  • Editors: Rik van Gijn1, Jeremy Hammond2, Dejan Matić2, Saskia van Putten2, and Ana Vilacy Galucio3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027270757

This volume is dedicated to exploring the crossroads where complex sentences and information management – more specifically information structure and reference tracking – come together. Complex sentences are a highly relevant but understudied domain for studying notions of IS and RT. On the one hand, a complex sentence can be studied as a mini-unit of discourse consisting of two or more elements describing events, situations, or processes, with its own internal information-structural and referential organization. On the other hand, complex sentences can be studied as parts of larger discourse structures, such as narratives or conversations, in terms of how their information-structural characteristics relate to this wider context. The book offers new perspectives for the study of the interaction between complex sentences and information management, and moreover adds typological breadth by focusing on lesser studied languages from several parts of the world.

Subjects: Syntax; Typology; Semantics; Theoretical linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Zurich; 2: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics; 3: Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi-MCTI

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