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Title Focus realization in Romance and beyond / edited by Marco García García, Melanie Uth
Published Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2018
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Series Studies in language companion series (SLCS) ; volume 201
Studies in language companion series ; v. 201
Contents 1. Introduction: core issues of focus realization in Romance / Melanie Uth and Marco García García -- 2. Language variation at the prosody-syntax interface: Focus in European Spanish / Maria del Mar Vanrell and Olga Fernández-Soriano -- 3. Focus realization at the prosody-syntax interface: Yucatecan Spanish opposed to Standard Mexican Spanish / Melanie Uth -- 4. Acceptability and frequency in Spanish focus marking / Steffen Heidinger -- 5. Prosodic nuclear patterns in narrow and broad focus utterances: Pragmatic and social factors in Central Mexican Spanish / Pedro Martín Butragueño and Érika Mendoza -- 6. Distinguishing contrast and focus at PF: A view from Italian / Jacopo Torregrossa -- 7. Presupposed modality / Uli Reich -- 8. NP exclamatives and focus / Marco García García -- 9. Adverbial cleft sentences in Italian, French and English: A comparative perspective / Anna-Maria De Cesare and Davide Garassino -- 10. Cleft sentences in the history of French and English: A case of pragmatic borrowing? / Carola Trips and Achim Stein -- 11. Developing strategies for encoding additive and contrastive relations in French and German child narratives / Christine Dimroth and Sandra Benazzo -- 12. Focus, prosody, and subject positions in L3 Spanish: Analyzing data from German learners with Italian and European Portuguese as heritage languages / Christoph Gabriel and Jonas Grünke -- Index
Summary What are the linguistic means for expressing different types of foci such as (narrow) information focus and contrastive focus in Romance languages, and why are there such differing views on such a presumably clear-cut research subject? Bringing together original expert work from a variety of linguistic disciplines and perspectives such as language acquisition and language contact, this volume provides a state-of-the-art discussion on central issues of focus realization. These include the interaction between prosody, syntax, and pragmatics, the typology of word order and intonation languages, the differentiation between focus and related notions such as contrast and presupposed modality, and the role of synchronic variation and change. The studies presented in this volume cover a broad range of Romance languages, including French, Italian, Portuguese, and different varieties of Spanish. Moreover, the book also offers new insights into non-Romance languages such as English, German, and Quechua
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Focus (Linguistics)
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Topic and comment.
Romance languages -- Topic and comment
Focus (Linguistics)
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Topic and comment.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- General.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- Historical & Comparative.
Form Electronic book
Author García, Marco García, editor.
Uth, Melanie, editor.
LC no. 2018054615
ISBN 9027263485
9789027263483