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By Kerstin Schwabe, Susanne Winkler

ISBN-10: 9027233640

ISBN-13: 9789027233646

This selection of articles deals a brand new and compelling standpoint at the interface connecting syntax, phonology, semantics and pragmatics. on the middle of this quantity is the speculation that info constitution represents the typical interface of those grammatical parts. details constitution is investigated right here from assorted theoretical viewpoints yielding typologically suitable details and structural generalizations. within the volume's introductory bankruptcy, the editors establish imperative ways to details constitution: the formal and the interpretive view. the rest of the publication is prepared for that reason. the 1st half examines info constitution and grammar, targeting generalizations throughout languages. the second one half investigates details constitution and pragmatics, targeting clause constitution and context. via concrete analyses of subject, concentration, and comparable phenomena throughout assorted languages, the members upload new and convincing proof to the examine on info constitution.

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The aim of this book is to contribute to a better understanding of these interfaces and to spell out the rules and conditions that define this complex interaction. To give an example: Ideally, the information structure of a preposing construction, such as (18a) above, receives syntactic, phono­logical, semantic and pragmatic analyses each of which capitalizing on the others‘ insights. The resulting constraints must be understood as interface conditions on the information structure of topicalizations.

G. e. VP in (16). In recent work, Butler (2003, 2005) offers two challenging claims about phases which seem to make good sense against the backdrop of the above observations on information structure. First, Butler takes issue with Chomsky’s (2001) claim that a phase is propositional: CP is claimed to be a phase because it is evaluable for truth, whereas vP is said to be propositional in that it has full argument structure. Trying to overcome this obvious discrepancy, Butler proposes to redefine phase on a semantic base in terms of eventualities, or, as he prefers to say, situations.

Malagasy, in contrast, which does not provide such a coreferring pro, does not have base-generated topics. , can be moved into a topic or wh-position. Law shows that only phrases marked as triggers can be extracted. If topical elements in Tsou or Tagalog are not marked as triggers and are base-generated in a topic position, they must be related to a pro. The silent pronoun, which also can occur for independent reasons, is licensed by agreement in Tsou and by contextual re­coverability (indeterminateness) in Tagalog.

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