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Title: The Dynamics of Focus Structure
Written By: Nomi Erteschik-Shir
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 84

In this book, Nomi Erteschik-Shir develops a new theory of focus structure,
integrating insights from syntax, semantics, phonology and pragmatics. She
explores the role of focus structure in grammar, examining the interface
between focus structure and syntax, the semantics of focus structure and
the intonation
associated with it. Dr Shir defines a grammatical level of f-structure
(focus structure) which is an annotated s-structure in which topic and
focus constituents are marked. F-structure feeds both PF (Phonological
Form) and semantics and is sensitive to lexical information. Dr Shir argues
that f-structure and not LF (Logical Form) is the input to a semantic rule
of predication. One of the major results of Dr Shir's analysis is that
wh-movement turns out to be subject to the same constraint which accounts
for anaphora and other subject-object asymmetries.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052102417X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 294
Prices: U.S. $ 43.00
U.K. £ 23.99