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Title: The Syntax-Information Structure Interface
Subtitle: Evidence from Spanish and English
Written By: Eugenia Casielles
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics
Description:

In the last decade, the notions of topic and focus have come to play an increasingly relevant role in theoretical linguistics. Although these notions are often taken for granted, they are still poorly understood. This study offers a detailed analysis of the precise definitions of these and related terms (theme, topic, background, given information, focus, contrast, etc.) as well as of their combination into information structures such as the topic-focus and background-focus articulations. It recommends pursuing a feature-based typology of topics and argues against a dual nature of focus (i.e. presentational vs. contrastive).

Central questions addressed are the analysis of subjects in Spanish and
English (DP vs. NP and null vs. preverbal vs. postverbal) and the nature of constructions such as topicalization, left-dislocation, and focus preposing. Further, it is proposed that in Spanish information structure can be read off the syntax: while an overt DP in the preverbal specifier subject position is interpreted as the topic in a topic-focus articulation, one or more left- or right-dislocated phrases are interpreted as part of the background in background-focus/focus-background structures.


Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Topics
3. Topical Phrases & Topicalizing Constructions
4. Bare Nominals
5. Focus
6. Focus Preposing
7. Information structure & Syntactic Structure

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Syntax
Typology
Subject Language(s): English
Spanish
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0415970954
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 208
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