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The interaction of Focus and Givenness in Italian clause structure

Samek-Lodovici, V; (2015) The interaction of Focus and Givenness in Italian clause structure. Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics. Oxford University Press: Oxford. Green open access

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Abstract

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 chapters, 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.

Type: Book
Title: The interaction of Focus and Givenness in Italian clause structure
ISBN-13: 9780198737926
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198737926.d...
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access title available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1358320
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