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Information Structure: Theoretical, Typological, and Experimental Perspectives

Malte Zimmermann and Caroline Féry


This book brings together leading figures to present an overview of different approaches to the formal expression of information structure in language and how it works in human communication. Information structure concerns the ways in which aspects of grammar including semantics, pragmatics, syntax, morphology, prosody, and intonation interact in the communication and reception of information. It is also concerned with the neurolinguistics of the production and cognition of meaning. This book reflects recent research in all central aspects of the subject. It examines the concepts of focus vers ... More

Keywords: cognition, grammatical encoding, information‐structure, linguistic competence, multi‐modularity

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199570959
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570959.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Malte Zimmermann, editor
University of Potsdam

Caroline Féry, editor
University of Potsdam
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1 Introduction

Malte Zimmermann and Caroline FÉRy

Part I Topic and Focus

3 How focus and givenness shape prosody*

Caroline Féry and Shinichiro Ishihara

7 Biased questions, intonation, and discourse*

Brian Reese, and Nicholas Asher

Part II Cross‐Linguistic Variation and Diachronic Change

9 Focus in Aghem*

Larry M. Hyman and Maria Polinsky

10 Subject focus in West African languages*

Ines Fiedler, Katharina Hartmann, Brigitte Reineke, Anne Schwarz, and Malte Zimmermann

11 Information structure and OV order

ÞorbjÖrg HÓarsdÓttir

Part III Experimental and Psycholinguistic Approaches

13 Effects of givenness and constraints on free word order*

Stavros Skopeteas and Gisbert Fanselow

15 Given and new information in spatial statements*

Robin Hörnig and Thomas Weskott