The Syntax-Phonology Interface in Focus and Topic Constructions in Italian / Edition 1

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This book provides a minimalist account of Focus and Topic constructio ns on the basis of a syntax-phonology interface analysis. On the assum ption that structural investigation must proceed from 'bare output con ditions', the author starts her analysis from the prosodic phrasing of Focus and Topic constructions proceeding to the type and extent of de rivations which produced the relevant PF structures. The originality o f the present work rests on its syntax-phonology interface perspective , which is systematically applied to both Focus and Topic analysis. Th is allows innovative insights into the grammatical properties of Focus and Topic constituents and how syntactic information is made visible to interface interpretation.

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"The analysis of the relevance Focus and Topic constructions from both the prosodic and syntactic perspective makes an innovative contribution to the literature on the interface between syntax and phonology, and, specifically, to the literature on phrasing. Moreover, it constitutes a significant addition to the study of Italian syntax and phonology."

Pilar Prieto; ICREA and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
In: Lingua 115 (2005) 349-352

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. 1. Focus and Topic. 2. Prosodic Analysis. 3. Syntactic Analysis. 4. The Syntax-Phonology Interface. References. Index of Names. Index of Subjects.
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