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Focus expressions in Foodo

  • This paper aims at presenting different ways of expressing focus in Foodo, a Guang language. We can differentiate between marked and unmarked focus strategies. The marked focus expressions are first syntactically characterized: the focused constituent is in sentence-initial position and is second always marked obligatorily by a focus marker, which is nɩ for non-subjects and N for subjects. Complementary to these structures, Foodo knows an elliptic form consisting of the focused constituent and a predication marker gɛ́. It will be shown that the two focus markers can be analyzed as having developed out of the homophone conjunction nɩ and that the constraints on the use of the focus markers can be best explained by this fact.

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Author details:Ines Fiedler
Publication type:Article
Publication year:2007
Publishing institution:Universität Potsdam
Release date:2008/07/18
Tag:Foodo; focus constructions; focus types; scope of focus
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Strukturbereich Kognitionswissenschaften / Department Linguistik
DDC classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Collection(s):Universität Potsdam / Schriftenreihen / Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : ISIS ; working papers of the SFB 632, ISSN 1866-4725 / ISIS (2007) 08
Institution name at the time of the publication:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Linguistik / Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
License (German):License LogoUrheberrechtsschutz
External remark:erschienen in:
Interdisciplinary studies on information structure : Working papers of the SFB 632. - Potsdam : Univ.-Verl., 2007 - 230 S. : graph. Darst.(Interdisciplinary studies on information structure ; 8)ISSN 1614-4708ISBN 978-3-939469-72-8
URN: urn:nbn:de:kobv:517-opus-14359
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