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Contrast: Dissecting an Elusive Information-structural Notion and its Role in Grammar  

Sophie Repp

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
This article critically evaluates the notion of contrast and discusses the role that contrast has been claimed to have in grammar. It argues that a precise understanding of grammatical ... More

Cultural Poetics (Ethnopoetics)  

Anthony K. Webster

This article argues for the continuing importance of ethnopoetics/cultural poetics in the work of linguists and anthropologists. A heuristic definition of ethnopoetics (or cultural ... More

Focus Projection Theories  

Karlos Arregi

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
This chapter examines the phenomenon of focus projection: a sentence with prosodic marking of focus on a word can lead to ambiguity, in that different constituents containing the word can ... More

Information Structure: A Cartographic Perspective  

Enoch Aboh

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
This chapter discusses the cartographic approach to clause structure according to which information structure directly relates to syntactic heads that project within the clausal left ... More

Quantification and Information Structure  

Manfred Krifka

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
The chapter provides an overview of the interaction between quantification and information-structural properties, especially focus, givenness, and topic. While quantification affects truth ... More

Syntactic and Prosodic Effects of Information Structure in Romance  

Cecilia Poletto and Giuliano Bocci

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
The chapter presents a general overview of several phenomena related to information structure in the Romance languages and varieties spoken in Europe and takes into account the left and ... More

Towards a Neurobiology of Information Structure  

Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky and Petra B. Schumacher

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
This chapter reviews neurophysiological and neuroanatomical investigations of information structural notions, with a view to working towards a neurobiologically grounded perspective. It ... More

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