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Focus Fronting in Romance: A Comparison

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/9780199759613.003.0004

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Focus Fronting in Romance: A Comparison

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Chapter 3 investigates the similarities and the differences between Sicilian FF and FF in other Romance varieties. When compared to these languages, Sicilian proves to behave differently in that narrow foci, either contrastive or non-contrastive, are typically fronted. More generally, a contrastive interpretation of the focus is necessary for fronting to apply in Romance. However, the possibility of fronting focal constituents carrying no explicit contrast has led to some controversy regarding the pragmatic value(s) of the fronted focus. A systematic inquiry into the notion of contrast is provided in order to resolve these controversial aspects and to shed light on the pragmatic contexts which allow FF, as well as the pragmatic functions and values of the fronted foci. A brief discussion of some diachronic aspects of FF in Romance, with particular attention to Medieval Romance, concludes the chapter.

Keywords: contrast; Romance; variation; Focus Fronting; QP-Fronting; Mirative Fronting; Medieval Romance

Chapter.  19320 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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