Diachronic Studies on Information Structure

Diachronic Studies on Information Structure

Author: Gisella Ferraresi

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110227475

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 217

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In the last few years a lively discussion on information packaging has arisen, where traditional dichotomies Theme/Rheme, Topic/Comment and Focus/Background have been taken up again and partly reinterpreted. The discussion is mainly being held in syntax, but also in the fields of semantics and pragmatics. Some remarkable progress has been made especially in Focus phonology. Even if the role of information conveying and information packaging in the Indoeuropean languages was hinted at as early as in the classical studies of the Neogrammarians, this field has remained neglected in today's historical linguistics. This volume tries to partly cover this lack with a sample of papers which offer a various range of new empirical data analyzed from the point of view of information structure. The novelty of the papers consists in the modern theoretical perspective from which the data are analyzed and in the various phenomena considered, which range from the rise of clitic elements to word order change and verb movement. Editorial board Dr. habil. Kai Alter (Newcastle University Medical School) Prof. Dr. Ulrike Demske (Universität des Saarlandes) Prof. Dr. Ewald Lang (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Lühr (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena) Prof. Dr. Thomas Pechmann (Universität Leipzig) Prof. em. Dr. Anita Steube (Universität Leipzig)
Diachronic Studies on Information Structure
Language: en
Pages: 217
Authors: Gisella Ferraresi, Rosemarie Lühr
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-08-31 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

In the last few years a lively discussion on information packaging has arisen, where traditional dichotomies Theme/Rheme, Topic/Comment and Focus/Background have been taken up again and partly reinterpreted. The discussion is mainly being held in syntax, but also in the fields of semantics and pragmatics. Some remarkable progress has been
Diachronic and Typological Perspectives on Verbs
Language: en
Pages: 443
Authors: Folke Josephson, Ingmar Söhrman
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-07-10 - Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

This volume applies a diachronic perspective to the verb and mainly deals with typological change affecting tense, aspect, mood and modality in a variety of Indo-European languages (Latin, Romance, Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, Indo-Iranian, Hittite, and Semitic) and the non-Indo-European Turkic, Amerindian and some Australian languages. The analyses of the structural
Manual of Grammatical Interfaces in Romance
Language: en
Pages: 701
Authors: Susann Fischer, Christoph Gabriel
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-12 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

Different components of grammar interact in non-trivial ways. It has been under debate what the actual range of interaction is and how we can most appropriately represent this in grammatical theory. The volume provides a general overview of various topics in the linguistics of Romance languages by examining them through
Information Structure and Syntactic Change in Germanic and Romance Languages
Language: en
Pages: 421
Authors: Kristin Bech, Kristine Gunn Eide
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-05-15 - Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

The contributions of this volume offer new perspectives on the relation between syntax and information structure in the history of Germanic and Romance languages, focusing on English, German, Norwegian, French, Spanish and Portuguese, and both from a synchronic and a diachronic perspective. In addition to discussing changes in individual languages
Variation in the Input
Language: en
Pages: 276
Authors: Merete Anderssen, Kristine Bentzen, Marit Westergaard
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-09-22 - Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

The topic of variation in language has received considerable attention in the field of general linguistics in recent years. This includes research on linguistic micro-variation that is dependent on fine distinctions in syntax and information structure. However, relatively little work has been done on how this variation is acquired. This