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Definition and Implementation

Silvio Cruschina

in Discourse-Related Features and Functional Projections

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199759613
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932658 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759613.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Definition and Implementation

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This chapter discusses the main problems and questions that generally arise in relation to information structure notions such as topic and focus. More specifically, it tackles the problems of the definition of topic and focus and of their implementation in the syntax. It begins with the definition of the notions of topic and focus, with particular attention given to the exact specification of what is directly derived from syntax and what is influenced by inferential pragmatic processes dependent on the context. A review follows of the mainstream approaches in the current Generative Grammar, i.e. Minimalist Program and the Cartographic Approach, and of the respective explanatory tools needed to tackle the problem primarily from a theoretical perspective.

Keywords: focus; topic; syntactic implementation discourse-related features; Minimalist Program; Cartographic Approach

Chapter.  11502 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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