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Pragmatics for Latin: From Syntax to Information Structure

A. M. Devine and Laurence D. Stephens


Latin is often described as a free word order language, but in general each word order encodes a particular information structure: in that sense, each word order has a different meaning. This book provides a descriptive analysis of Latin information structure based on detailed philological evidence and elaborates a syntax-pragmatics interface that formalizes the informational content of the various different word orders. The book covers a wide ranges of issues including broad scope focus, narrow scope focus, double focus, topicalization, tails, focus alternates, association with focus, scrambl ... More

Keywords: Information structure, Latin word order, focus, semantics of focus, topicalization, scrambling, association with focus, hyperbaton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190939472
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190939472.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. M. Devine, author
Professor of Classics, Stanford University

Laurence D. Stephens, author
Adjunct Professor of Classics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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