Dislocated Elements in Discourse: Syntactic, Semantic, and Pragmatic Perspectives

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This volume is about 'dislocation' — the removal of phrases from their canonical positions in a sentence to its left or right edge. Dislocation encompasses a wide range of linguistic phenomena, related to nominal and adverbial expressions and to the information structuring notions of topic and focus; and takes intriguingly different forms across languages. This book reveals some of the empirical richness of dislocation and some key puzzles related to its syntactic, semantic, and discourse analysis.

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Benjamin Shaer, Philippa Cook, Werner Frey, and Claudia Maienborn are affiliated with the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin.

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Table of Contents



Part I: Structure of Dislocation

On Left Dislocation in the Recent History of English: Theory and Data Hand in Hand

Javier Pérez-Guerra and David Tizón-Couto

The Left Clausal Periphery: Clitic Left Dislocation in Italian and Left Dislocation in German

Günther Grewendorf

Echo Questions and Split CP

Nicholas Sobin

On Split CPs and the ‘Perfectness’ of Language

Frederick J. Newmeyer

Periphery Effects and the Dynamics of Tree Growth

Ruth Kempson, Jieun Kiaer, Ronnie Cann

Part II: Content of Dislocation

Sentential Particles and Clausal Typing in Venetan Dialects

Nicola Munaro and Cecilia Poletto

Discourse Particles in the Left Periphery

Malte Zimmermann

Noncanonical Word Order and the Distribution of Inferrable Information in English

Betty J. Birner

Information Structuring inside Constituents: The Case of Chichewa Split NPs

Sam Mchombo and Yukiko Morimoto

Rethinking the Narrow Scope Reading of Contrastive Topic

Beáta Gyuris

Fronted Quantificational Adverbs

Ariel Cohen

Part III: Beyond the Sentence

Parenthetical Adverbials: The Radical Orphanage Approach

Liliane Haegeman

Postscript: Problems and Solutions for Orphan Analyses

Liliane Haegeman, Benjamin Shaer, Werner Frey

German and English Left-Peripheral Elements and the "Orphan" Analysis of Non-Integration

Benjamin Shaer

On the Correlative Nature of Hungarian Left-Peripheral Relatives

Anikó Lipták

Defined by their Left: Wh-Relative Clauses in German

Anke Holler



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