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Author Samek-Lodovici, Vieri, author
Title The interaction of focus, givenness, and prosody : a study of Italian clause structure / Vieri Samek-Lodovici
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  PC1390 .S26 2015    AVAILABLE    30630020088637
Edition First edition
Descript xv, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Oxford studies in theoretical linguistics ; 57
Note "This book provides an in-depth investigation of contrastive focalization in Italian, showing that its syntactic expression systematically interacts with the syntactic expression of discourse-given phrases. Vieri Samek-Lodovici disentangles the properties genuinely associated with contrastive focalization from those determined by highly productive operations affecting discourse given phrases in Italian, namely right dislocation and marginalization. Based on a vast aggregate of evidence, he shows that in the default case contrastive focalization occurs in situ and that left-peripheral focalization patterns arise from the interaction with right dislocation and generalize well beyond the familiar cases examined in Rizzi (1997) and most literature since. In the final chapter, the author examines how the key properties unveiled in the previous sections, such as focalization in situ, follow from the prosodic constraints governing stress placement, thus reinterpreting and extending Zubizarreta's (1998) insight about the role of prosody in shaping syntax. Overall, the book offers an evidence-backed radical departure from current views of focalization proposing a high, fixed, focus projection at the left periphery of the clause. It also provides the most comprehensive study of Italian marginalization and right dislocation available to date"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 314-326) and index
Subject Italian language -- Clauses
Perspective (Linguistics)
Italian language -- Versification
Italian language -- Clauses. fast (OCoLC)fst00980492
Italian language -- Versification. fast (OCoLC)fst00980649
Perspective (Linguistics) fast (OCoLC)fst01058885
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