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The syntax-phonology interface in focus and topic constructions in Italian

Author: Mara Frascarelli
Publisher: Dordrecht ; Boston ; London : Kluwer Academic Publishers, ©2000.
Series: Studies in natural language and linguistic theory, v. 50.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book provides a Minimalist account of Focus and Topic constructions on the basis of a syntax-phonology interface analysis. On the assumption that structural investigation must proceed from 'bare output conditions', the author starts her analysis from the prosodic phrasing of Focus and Topic constructions proceeding to the type and extent of derivations which produced the relevant PF structures. The present
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mara Frascarelli
ISBN: 0792362403 9780792362401
OCLC Number: 43615763
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--1997.
Description: ix, 224 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1.1 Notions of Focus and Topic 2 --
1.2 Minimalist Framework 3 --
1.2.2 Chains and Movement Conditions 8 --
1.3 Linear Order 9 --
1.4 Prosodic Phonology 11 --
1.5 Interface Analysis 13 --
1.6 Organization 14 --
Chapter 2 Prosodic Analysis 17 --
2.1 Diagnostics 18 --
2.1.1 [Phi]-Domain Rules in Italian: Raddoppiamento Sintattico Sintattico and Rhythm Rule 19 --
2.1.2 I-Domain Rules in Italian: Gorgia Toscana and Intervocalic Spirantization 21 --
2.2 Starting Hypotheses and Methodology 22 --
2.2.1 Initial Hypotheses on Focus and Topic 22 --
2.2.2 Data and Methods of Analysis 23 --
2.3 Domain of Focus 24 --
2.3.1 [+F] Constituent Nonrecursive Side 24 --
2.3.2 Focus Restructuring for New, Non-Contrastive Foci 28 --
2.3.3 [+F] Postverbal Subject 30 --
2.3.4 Restructuring in Broad Focus Sentences 31 --
2.3.5 [+F] Constituent Recursive Side 32 --
2.3.6 Recursive [Phi]-Boundary with [+F] [Phi]-Head Constituents 33 --
2.3.6.1 Extraposition Process 34 --
2.3.6.2 Extraposition and Focus Restructuring 36 --
2.3.7 Recursive [Phi]-Boundary with [+F] Pre-Head Constituents 37 --
2.3.8 Incorporation of Extraprosodic Material 40 --
2.3.9 Recursive [Phi]-Boundary of New Focus 41 --
2.3.10 Conclusions on Focus Restructuring and Cross-Linguistic Considerations 42 --
2.4 Domain of Topic 45 --
2.4.1 Branching Topics 47 --
2.4.2 Non-Branching Topics 48 --
2.4.3 Topic Postverbal Subject 50 --
2.4.4 Case of [+F] Verbs: Topic and Focus Adjacency 53 --
2.4.5 Back to Focus: the Prosody of Syntactic Focus 56 --
2.5 Phonological Interpretation of Restructuring Processes 59 --
2.5.1 Nature of Focus Restructuring 59 --
2.5.2 Nature of Topic Restructuring 61 --
2.6 Prosodic Domains of Focus and Topic --
Redefining Mapping Rules 62 --
2.7 Main Prominence Assignment 65 --
2.8 A Cross-Linguistic Survey of Focus and Topic Domains and Restructuring Processes 67 --
2.8.1 Focus Constructions in Hausa 68 --
2.8.2 Focus Constructions in Chichewa 72 --
2.8.3 English Heavy NP-Shift Constructions 74 --
2.8.4 Topic Constructions in Serbo-Croatian 76 --
Chapter 3 Syntactic Analysis 83 --
3.1 Syntactic Analysis of Focus Structures 84 --
3.1.1 An Overview of Previous Analyses 84 --
3.1.2 Focus as a Feature-Checking Process 86 --
3.1.2.1 [+F] Feature-Checking Analysis and LF Interpretation 88 --
3.1.2.2 [+F] as a Strong Feature and its Checking Category 93 --
3.1.2.3 [+F] Feature-Checking and Cross-Linguistic Variation 96 --
3.1.3 Focus in Italian 97 --
3.1.3.1 Syntactic Focus 98 --
3.1.3.2 In Situ Focus: VP Internal Argument 103 --
3.1.3.3 In Situ Focus: Postverbal Subject Constructions 106 --
3.1.3.4 Evidence for Verb Raising to F[degree]: The Case of 'Aux-to-COMP' movement 112 --
3.1.4 FP as a Multi-Functional Projection 118 --
3.1.4.1 [+wh] Feature in Italian 118 --
3.1.4.2 [+neg] Feature in Italian 121 --
Syntactic Status of non 124 --
[+neg] Feature-Checking and NEG-Focus Relations 127 --
3.1.5 A Cross-Linguistic Analysis of Focus 129 --
3.1.5.1 Focus in English 129 --
3.1.5.2 Focus in Hungarian 132 --
3.1.5.3 Focus in Modern Greek 135 --
3.2 Syntactic Analysis of Topic Structures 136 --
3.2.1 An Overview of Previous Analyses 136 --
3.2.2 Topic as a Base-Generated Constituent 137 --
3.2.2.1 Binding Theory: Basic Tenets 140 --
3.2.3 Syntax of Clitics in Italian 141 --
3.2.4 Analysis of Left Topicalization in Italian 144 --
3.2.4.1 Obligatory vs. Optional Clitic Resumption 145 --
3.2.4.2 LT and Island Effects 148 --
3.2.4.3 LT as an Island for Extraction 151 --
3.2.4.4 LT in Subordinate Clauses 154 --
3.2.4.5 Lack of Subjacency and Weak Cross-Over Effects 156 --
3.2.4.6 Iteration and Word Order 157 --
3.2.5 Analysis of Right Topicalization in Italian 159 --
3.2.5.1 An Overview of Previous Analyses 159 --
3.2.5.2 Left-Generated Right-Handi Topic 161 --
3.2.5.3 Multiple Topics, Parasitic Gaps and Clitic Resumption 163 --
3.2.5.4 RT, Lack of Island Effects and Presence in Subordinate Clauses 164 --
3.2.5.5 Direct Object Right-Hand Topic and Clitic Optionality 167 --
3.2.5.6 Hanging Topic 169 --
3.2.6 A Cross-Linguistic Analysis of Topic 171 --
3.2.6.1 Topic in English 171 --
3.2.6.2 Topic in Modern Greek 174 --
3.2.6.3 Topic in Chichewa 176 --
Chapter 4 Syntax-Phonology Interface 193 --
4.0 Syntax-Phonology Connection in Focus and Topic Structures 193 --
4.1 Focus Interface Analysis 195 --
4.2 Topic Interface Analysis 198 --
4.3 Implications of the Analysis for Grammatical Theory and for Further Research 200 --
4.3.1 Focus and Anti-Agreement 200 --
4.3.2 Case Checking and 'Default Case' 203 --
4.3.3 Multiple Topics and Clitic Availability 204 --
4.3.4 Antisymmetry and Feature-Checking 204 --
4.3.5 Leftward Clause Movement and Scope Considerations in Right-Hand Topic Constructions 205 --
4.3.6 Prosodic Domains, Focus Restructuring and the Head Parameter 206.
Series Title: Studies in natural language and linguistic theory, v. 50.
Responsibility: by Mara Frascarelli.
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