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By Chungmin Lee, Matthew Gordon

This booklet incorporates a selection of papers exploring the cross-linguistic expression of subject and concentration. a various set of views from the various major students within the parts of semantics and intonation are represented within the assortment, that's in keeping with papers provided on the subject and concentration Workshop on the 2001 LSA summer season Institute in Santa Barbara. This ebook is exclusive within the breadth of its typological assurance of subject and concentration phenomena. fabric is gifted from 9 languages, together with a number of which are significantly under-documented from a theoretical perspective.

The expression of subject and concentration are critical facets of linguistic conversation that introduce the content material of discourse and emphasize its most important parts. subject and concentration phenomena are complicated and contain either a which means and a prosodic part. This e-book is the 1st number of papers dedicated to the rigorous exam of either semantic and intonational good points of subject and concentration from a extensive typological perspective.

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3. RIAU INDONESIAN Riau Indonesian is the variety of Indonesian spoken in informal situations by the inhabitants of Riau province in east-central Sumatra. 1 One of the most salient characteristics of Riau Indonesian is the absence of obligatory morphosyntactic coding for a wide range of categories which play a central role in the grammars of many other languages. In particular, there is no obligatory morphosyntactic device for distinguishing thematic roles: word order is flexible, and there is no case-marking or morphological agreement.

SAMOCHÓD kupi-á-em. ACC buy-PAST-1Msg Kupi-á-em SAMOCHÓD. ’ In (2a) the object is sentence initial and prominent, and in (2b) the object is sentence final and prominent. Although the above example (2) did not involve an overt subject, a similar situation arises when an overt subject is present (3). (3) Q: A: a. b. c. d. Kogo Jan kocha? ’ Jan kocha MARI-ĉ. PRES Maria-ACC Jan MARI-ĉ kocha. # MARI-ĉ kocha Jan. MARI-ĉ Jan kocha. ’ Again, the object can occur in its canonical position, sentence finally (a).

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990. Zubizarreta, María Luisa. Prosody, Focus and Word Order. : MIT Press, 1998. ARDIS ESCHENBERG POLISH NARROW FOCUS CONSTRUCTIONS 1. INTRODUCTION1 Polish, a western Slavic language, is a so-called ‘free word order’ or ‘scrambling’ language. SVO ordering has been posited to be basic for Polish (Szober 1963), and a study by Klemensiewicz (1949) found the majority of isolated sentences to conform to this ordering. However, other constituent orders are still common.

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