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date: 18 January 2020

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This article examines the insights brought about by a conflict-based approach to the study of information structure. It does so mainly, but not exclusively, through a chronological survey of particularly significant analyses that modelled the syntactic displacements induced by focalization as the effect of prosodic constraints governing the position of prosodic prominence. The historic and conceptual relations between these analyses are highlighted, together with the main theoretical issues they raise and address. While most analyses are based on optimality theory, the article does not assume any prior knowledge of this framework and is accessible to all scholars.

Keywords: prosody, focalization, constraint conflict, optimality theory, syntactic displacement

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