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Information Structure and Syntactic Change in Germanic and Romance Languages.

Author: Kristin Bech; Kristine Gunn Eide
Publisher: Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014.
Series: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today.
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In this article, we discuss how contrastivity can be identified in historical texts where we have no direct access to prosodic features such as stress and intonation. We depart from our knowledge of contrastivity in the modern languages and their exponence in Modern Spanish and Portuguese, where both word order and prosody play a role in expressing contrast, and compare the analysis of the modern languages to our  Read more...
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Bech, Kristin.
Information Structure and Syntactic Change in Germanic and Romance Languages.
Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kristin Bech; Kristine Gunn Eide
ISBN: 9789027270467 9027270465 9789027255969 9027255962
OCLC Number: 878263185
Notes: 2. The distribution of full and reduced definite articles in Present-day German: Some theoretical concepts.
Description: 1 online resource (429 pages).
Contents: Information Structure and Syntactic Changein Germanic and Romance Languages; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Table of contents; PartI. Information-structural categories and corpus annotation; Part II. Changes on the interface between syntax and information structure; Part III.Comparisons on the interface between syntax and information structure; Acknowledgements; Information structure and syntax in oldGermanic and Romance languages; 1. Introduction; 2. Approaches to information structure and syntax in historical linguistics; 3. Annotated corpora; 4. The structure of the book; References. The theoretical foundations of givenness annotation1. Introduction; 1.1 Theory and practice; 2. Theory; 2.1 Discourse referents; 2.2 Taggables; 2.3 Reference contexts; 2.4 Contexts and reference resolution in dynamic semantics; 2.4.1 The discourse context; 2.4.2 The encyclopaedic context and the situation context; 2.4.3 The scenario context; 2.4.4 Embedded contexts and non-specificity; 2.5 Generic reference; 2.6 The PROIEL tagset; 3. Annotation in practice; 3.1 General; 3.2 Specificity --
nonspec vs. new; 3.3 Genericity; 3.3.1 kind vs. nonspec; 3.3.2 kind vs. acc-gen; 3.4 Bridging. 3.4.1 acc-inf vs old3.4.2 acc-inf vs new, nonspec or no tag --
the limits to inference; 4. Evaluation and conclusions; 4.1 The PROIEL scheme and other givenness annotation schemes; 4.2 Annotation workflow and interannotator agreement; 4.3 Data sample; 4.4 Conclusions; References; Testing the theory; 1. Introduction; 2. The data; 3. 'Old/given' information; 4. Inferables; 5. 'New' information; 6. Conclusions; Appendix A: Notes on data collection; References; Quantifying information structure changein English; 1. Introduction; 1.1 Old English V2 syntax and the subject. 1.2 The changing role of the English subject1.3 Hypotheses; 2. Corpora; 2.1 Referential status; 2.2 Enriched texts; 3. Experiments; 3.1 Subject ellipsis; 3.2 Subject referent switch; 3.2.1 A definition of subject-referent switch; 3.2.2 Measuring subject-referent switch; 3.2.3 Subject-referent switch results; 3.2.4 Subject chain distribution; 3.3 Subject animacy; 3.3.1 Determining subject animacy; 3.3.2 Subject animacy results; 3.4 Pre-subject linking; 3.4.1 Clause-initial linking; 3.4.2 Determining pre-subject linking; 3.4.3 Pre-subject linking results; 4. Conclusions and discussion. 5. SourcesReferences; Tracing overlap in function in historical corpora; 1. Introduction; 2. The passive and object fronting as 'information-rearrangers'; 3. Comparing the function of passives and object fronting in Old English; 3.1 Information status categories; 3.2 Results for long passives; 3.3 Results for object fronting; 4. The frequency of topicalization and passivization in the history of English; 5. Conclusion; References; Referential properties of the full and reduced forms of the definite article in German; 1. Introduction.
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today.

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