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Variation in information structure with special reference to Africa

  • Information structure has been one of the central topics of recent linguistic research. This review discusses a wide range of current approaches with particular reference to African languages, as these have been playing a crucial role in advancing our knowledge about the diversity of and recurring patterns in both meaning and form of information structural notions. We focus on cross-linguistic functional frameworks, the investigation of prosody, formal syntactic theories, and relevant effects of semantic interpretation. Information structure is a thriving research domain that promises to yield important advances in our general understanding of human language.

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Author:Tom Gueldemann, Sabine Zerbian, Malte ZimmermannORCiD
ISSN:2333-9691 (print)
Parent Title (English):Annual review of linguistics
Parent Title (English):Annual Review of Linguistics
Publisher:Annual Reviews
Place of publication:Palo Alto
Editor:M Liberman, BH Partee
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2015
Year of Completion:2015
Release Date:2017/03/27
Tag:contrast; focus; focus sensitivity; formal syntax; prosody; semantics; theticity; topic
First Page:155
Last Page:178
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Linguistik / Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Peer Review:Referiert