Comparative and Contrastive Studies of Information Structure

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  • Editors: Carsten Breul1, and Edward Göbbel1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027287847

This volume presents original comparative and contrastive research into various aspects of information structure (topic, focus, contrastivity, givenness, anaphoricity) as well as into forms and structures whose realisation depends on information-structural factors (clefts, dislocations, reflexives, null subjects, prosodic features, interrogatives) in a number of different languages (Catalan, English, French, Georgian, German, Hebrew, Hungarian). Each contribution emphasises differences or commonalities between the languages under investigation with respect to the realisation of information structural categories or with respect to the information structural implications of a given form or structure. The specific comparative-contrastive perspective of the volume makes a substantial contribution towards a better understanding of language specific and universal aspects of information structure. It raises significant questions and provides solutions for the formal representation and the functional properties of information structural categories.

Subjects: Theoretical linguistics; Syntax; Pragmatics; Semantics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Wuppertal

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