The Morphology and Syntax of Topic and Focus

Minimalist inquiries in the Quechua periphery

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This book presents an innovative analysis that relates informational structure, syntax and morphology in Quechua. It provides a minimalist account of the relationship between focus, topic, evidentiality and other left-peripheral features and sentence-internal constituents marked with suffixes that have been previously considered of a pragmatic nature. Intervention effects show that these relationships are also of a syntactic nature. The analysis is extended to morphological markers that appear on polarity sensitive items and wh-words. The book also provides a brief overview of the main characteristics of Quechua syntax as well as additional bibliographical information.

Subjects: Generative linguistics; Syntax; Morphology; Theoretical linguistics; Languages of South America

  • Affiliations: 1: Rutgers University

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