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date: 18 January 2020

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Dislocations are constituents in the periphery of the clause—or, depending on the analysis, outside the structure of the clause proper. In the canonical cases, they are doubled by a functional bundle and they are separated from the core clause by an intonational phrase boundary. In many languages we find that dislocations come in two classes: a class of dislocations that are syntactically linked to a position in the core structure (D-type) and a second class of dislocations that are connected only in the process of interpretation (H-type). This grammatical distinction maps onto a difference in the information structure properties: D-type dislocations are given, H-type dislocations signal topic promotion. Some languages seem to have only H-type dislocations, which take over the functions of both D-type and H-type dislocations.

Keywords: resumptive, clitic, weak pronoun, hanging topic left dislocation, left dislocation, contrastive left dislocation, clitic left dislocation, clitic right dislocation, topicalization, islands, reconstruction, orphans, afterthought, intonational phrase, topic

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