A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure

A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure
Author: Luis López
Publisher: Oxford
ISBN: 0199557411, 0199557403
Date: 2009
Pages: 308
Format: PDF
Size: 2MB

In this volume, Luis López sheds new light on information structure and makes a significant contribution to work on grammatical operations in the Minimalist Program. Through a careful analysis of dislocations and focus fronting in Romance, the author shows that notions such as ‘topic’ and ‘focus’, as usually defined, yield no predictions and proposes instead a feature system based on the notions ‘discourse anaphor’ and ‘contrast’. He presents a detailed model of syntax-information-structure interaction and argues that this interaction takes place at the phase level, with a privileged role for the edge of the phase.