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Discourse Configurational Languages : Oxford Studies in Comparative Sytax - Katalin É. Kiss

Discourse Configurational Languages

Oxford Studies in Comparative Sytax

By: Katalin É. Kiss (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th January 1995
ISBN: 9780195088342
Number Of Pages: 400

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Comprising eleven studies on languages with designated structural topic and focus positions, this volume includes an introduction surveying the empirical and theoretical problems involved in the description of this language type. Focusing on languages outside the traditional Indo-European group, the essays look at Chadic, Somali, Basque, Catalan, Old Romance, Greek, Hungarian, Finnish, Korean, and Quechua. The papers provide interesting new empirical data, as well as a variety of means and alternatives of representing them structurally. At the same time, they address important theoretical questions in the framework of generative theory. This is the first study to apply methods of comparative syntax to the study of topic and focus.

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The proposals contained in the papers in this volume are bound to pave the way for subsequent analyses. Any practitioner of generative syntax seriously interested in cross-linguistic variation will need to consult them. * Linguistics *

Introductionp. 3
Structural Focus, Structural Case, and the Notion of Feature-Assignmentp. 28
Aspects of Discourse Configuationality in Somalip. 65
Residual Verb Second and Verb First in Basquep. 99
Structural Properties of Information Packaging in Catalanp. 122
An F Position in Western Romancep. 153
Focusing in Modern Greekp. 176
NP Movement, Operator Movement, and Scrambling in Hungarianp. 207
Discourse Configuationality in Finnishp. 244
Focus and Topic Movement in Korean and Licensingp. 269
The Theory of Syntactic Focalization Based on a Subcategorization Feature of Verbsp. 335
Focus in Quechuap. 375
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ISBN: 9780195088342
ISBN-10: 0195088344
Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Sytax
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 5th January 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.95 x 16.36  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.6