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By Valéria Molnár, Susanne Winkler

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The structure of concentration bargains the main distinctive and up to date characterization of the suggestion of concentration in linguistic conception. the quantity comprises brand-new and cutting edge papers that concentrate on the character of concentration and subject on the interfaces of the version of grammar. There are 4 major sections: (i) a basic part, enthusiastic about the elemental conception of the interplay of concentration and subject with the elements of grammar; (ii) the illustration of concentration on the syntax-pragmatics interface targeting language comparability; (iii) the phonological illustration of concentration and subject and its relation to which means; and (iv) the interplay of concentration and subject on the semantics-pragmatics interface with an emphasis at the thought of distinction. jointly the papers accrued during this quantity current a cutting-edge account of the structure of concentration.

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The card for the foe is positioned on top of the file, hence cannot be located there already. On the architecture of topic and focus 37 From these definitions of top and foe, it also follows that a sentence in which no top nor foe features have been selected will be ruled out. A sentence with no topic is uninterpretable and a sentence with no focus is uninformative. In order to see how lexical assignment of top/foe correlates with these rules, we examine a few more sample derivations: The sentence analyzed in (1) can also merge a different f-structure as shown in (5): (5) a.

Dordrecht: Kluwer. 2004 On the form of chains: Criterial positions and E C P effects. , University of Siena. Rochemont, Michael S. 1978 A theory of stylistic rules in English. University of Massachusetts, Amherst: Ph. D. diss. 1986 Focus in Generative Grammar. ) Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins. , and Peter W. Culicover 1990 English Focus Constructions and the Theory of Grammar. ) Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cambridge University Press. 28 Valeria Molndr and Susanne Winkler Rooth, Mats Ε. 1985 Association with focus.

We will see in the next section that such isomorphism is a requirement on extraction and provides an explanation for island constraints. If f-structure interpretation derives scopal readings, there is no need for syntactic or semantic scope rules nullifying one of the reasons for LF syntax. In Erteschik-Shir (1997) this approach to quantifier scope is elaborated more fully and further LF syntactic issues are shown to be derivable form f-structure as well. Our architecture will therefore not require LF syntax at all.

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