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Author Samek-Lodovici, Vieri.

Title The interaction of focus, givenness, and prosody : a study of Italian clause structure / Vieri Samek-Lodovici.

Publication Info. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.


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Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 332 pages).
Series Oxford studies in theoretical linguistics ; 57
Oxford studies in theoretical linguistics ; 57.
Summary 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.0Overall, 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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 314-326) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Marginalization -- 3. Contrastive focus and marginalization -- 4. Right dislocation -- 5. Contrastive focus and right dislocation -- 6. The role of prosody -- Appendix A: Distribution and licensing of Italian N-words -- Appendix B: Evidence for leftward right dislocation -- Appendix C: Irrelevance of pp phrasing for the analysis of marginalization and left-shift.
Note Print version record.
Local Note Oxford University Press Oxford University Press Open Access Books
Subject Italian language -- Clauses.
Perspective (Linguistics)
Italian language -- Versification.
Grammar, syntax and morphology Mod Grammar, syntax and morphology.
Semantics and pragmatics New.
Semantics, discourse analysis, etc. Mod Semantics, discourse analysis, etc.
Italian language -- Clauses. (OCoLC)fst00980492
Italian language -- Versification. (OCoLC)fst00980649
Perspective (Linguistics) (OCoLC)fst01058885
Indexed Term Contrastive focus
Focus evacuation
Italian, p-movement
Left periphery
Right dislocation
Syntax-prosody interface
Other Form: Print version: Samek-Lodovici, Vieri. Interaction of focus, givenness, and prosody. 1st ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2015 9780198737926 (DLC) 2014957589 (OCoLC)903804113
ISBN 9780191801457 (ebook)
0191801453 (ebook)
9780198737926 (print)
Standard No. 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737926.001.0001 doi
ISBN 9780198737933 (paperback)
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