Silvio Cruschina

in Discourse-Related Features and Functional Projections

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199759613
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932658 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax


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This chapter summarizes the main points and findings of the book. The book discusses the notion of discourse‐related features and their relevance for linguistic theory and parametric variation. The principal aim is to determine the syntax of the functional projections associated with these types of features and to account for the marked word orders, in particular the fronting phenomena, found in Romance. The analysis carried out leads us to the conclusion that information structure categories play an active role in the syntax in the form of discourse-related features able to trigger specific syntactic operations. In addition, it reveals that the association of focus with both overt and covert operators is one of the most important factors in the regulation and assessment of the information structure of the sentence and, accordingly, of marked word orders.

Keywords: discourse-related features and parametric variation; extension of focus; association with focus

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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